Tucson firefighters respond to midtown apartment fire

Taylor Higgins

Tucson firefighters respond to midtown apartment fire

CREATED Feb. 17, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb. 17, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson firefighters are responding to an apartment fire.

A blaze that erupted in a midtown apartment complex heavily damaged a downstairs apartment in the 2400 block of North Park Avenue, displacing the tenant and temporarily displacing multiple apartments surrounding the fire-damaged apartment, according to Capt. Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department.

Someone in a neighboring unit called 9-1-1 to report seeing heavy black smoke coming from nearby doors and windows.

When firefighters arrived, flames were lapping over the balcony and threatening the upstairs apartment directly overhead, Baker said.

Firefighters entered the apartment, performed a quick search for anyone inside, and extinguished the blaze. The fire was contained to the single apartment, as the crews were able to prevent it from getting into the upstairs apartment.

Additional firefighters evacuated all of the surrounding apartments while crews worked to put out the flames. Once the fire was extinguished and the building inspector determined the apartment building was safe, all of the occupants were allowed back into their homes, according to Baker.

The apartment manager is assisting the displaced resident, a U of A student, by providing the occupant another apartment in the complex.

Fire investigators have determined that the blaze was sparked by a bad wire inside the water heater.

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