A fire broke out at an apartment complex in north Phoenix Tuesday evening, leaving more than two dozen people unable to return home for the night.
Phoenix fire responded to the blaze near Interstate 17 and Cactus Road. One unit was fully involved with flames. The fire spread down a breezeway to several other units.
The fire knocked out power to half the building and left it unlivable even for people with minimal damage.
“Well, this is the aftermath gentleman. Water damage from upstairs,” said Scott Mils, who lives in the unit directly under where the fire started.
The Phoenix Fire Department quickly made sure nobody was trapped in the building before putting out the flames. One of the first on scene was an off-duty fire captain who just happened to be passing by and stopped to help when the call went out.
Firefighters were also able to save several pets in the building.
The Red Cross and Phoenix fire have helped people left out of their homes find a place to stay.