Family of four displaced by apartment fire; two cats dead

Ina Ronquillo

Family of four displaced by apartment fire; two cats dead

CREATED Sep. 30, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two cats are dead and a family a four has been displaced as result of an apartment fire on Sunday afternoon.

Capt. Adam Goldberg with Northwest Fire tells KGUN9 that crews were called to the Cantera Apartments located at 3500 West Orange Grove just after 4:00 p.m.

When firefighters arrived on scene, the found an upstairs apartment with smoke and flames showing.  Several resident from the building were evacuated, said Goldberg.

The crews found no occupants inside the apartment.  However, they did locate and removed two cats that were pronounced dead at the scene.

A family of four was not home at the time of the fire, but arrived shortly after being notified of the incident by neighbors. 

A couple and their two children were displaced due to damages, said Goldberg.

The apartment below the fire was also damaged by smoke. The couple living in the downstairs apartment was also displaced for the night, said Goldberg.

The Northwest Fire District’s Community Assistance Program and the Red Cross will be helping the family with lodging and household needs.

Investigators have determined the fire to be accidental as a result of an electrical problem within the apartment.

Damages were estimated to be approximately $10,000.