Woman arrested for starting Mesa fire, officers transported to hospital

Posted at 8:18 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-19 14:50:33-04

A woman has been arrested for allegedly starting a fire at a Mesa apartment complex on Thursday night. 

According to Mesa police, firefighters and officers responded to a woman who was making threats to herself at an apartment complex near Dobson Road and Southern Avenue. 

When officials arrived on the scene they found a fully engulfed apartment unit with 38-year-old Collette Butler inside. Neighbors and two officers were able to carry the woman to safety. 

According to police, it was later determined that Butler started the fire in her own apartment. She has been released from the hospital and booked on arson charges.

A neighbor made a gesture of rocking a baby to police so several officers went into the smoke filled apartment looking for a baby. No baby was found inside. 

Seven officers were exposed to smoke inhalation. Four officers were transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons, three other officers were treated on the scene. One officer was kept overnight for observation but will be released on Friday. 

There were no other serious injuries from the incident. 

The fire caused major damage to four apartments. At this time 10 families have been displaced.