PHOENIX — A late night fire at an apartment complex near 32nd and Peoria avenues has left 17 people displaced, according to the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, the Phoenix Fire Department responded to an apartment complex in the area for reports of black smoke coming from a building.
Fire officials say they encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from the window and door of a unit on the second floor of the apartment complex.
Though the fire was quickly extinguished, it was upgraded to a first alarm fire due to the size of the building and potential for the fire to spread, according to fire officials.
The Phoenix Fire Department says residents from four units in the complex were displaced due to smoke and fire damage.
The Greater Phoenix Chapter of American Red Cross is assisting those who were displaced by the fire, and will be providing them emergency assistance.
In a statement sent to ABC15, The Greater Phoenix Chapter of American Red Cross reminded Valley residents to prepare for any type of emergency in advance, especially as we are in monsoon and wildfire season.
They recommend residents prepare the following in case of an emergency:
- Plan and practice an escape plan
- Prepare an evacuation kit consisting of food, water, and medications for you or your pets
- Important documents, such as driver's license copies, insurance documents, utility bills, or anything that can verify your address