Photographer helps evacuate occupants
Phoenix fire crews responded to multiple reports of heavy smoke and fire coming from the third floor of an apartment building located near 23rd Avenue and Indian School Road around 3 am.
A UDNS photojournalist staged near 27th Avenue and Camelback was on scene in within 3 minutes of the call being dispatched.
Arriving before the fire department, the photographer assisted residents with evacuation and double checking the apartment units threatened by the fire.
Fire crews arrived on scene and quickly balanced the assignment to a 1st alarm.
Crews faced many obstacles fighting the blaze. Getting a solid source of water to the crews proved difficult for crews on scene and the tight parking lot made it difficult to get their trucks close to the fire ground. With water running low and the fire rapidly growing the call was made to balance the assignment to a second alarm.
Once a water source was secured and a tower ladder was deployed, fire crews were able to knock down the intense flames gaining fire control around 4:30 am.
No injuries were reported to residents or firefighters, an estimated 50 people have been displaced.
Fire investigators are on scene working to determine a cause.