A fire damaged a single story apartment in the 2100 block of North Treat Avenue, displacing the resident. Multiple calls were made to 9-1-1 reporting flames coming from the apartment and TFD crews could see a heavy black column of smoke in the area as they responded.
The first Tucson Fire Engine arrived on scene to find the carport engulfed in flames. The fire had also spread to a SUV and was threatening the neighboring apartment that had a common carport area. The crew pulled a hose line to the carport area and began extinguishing the fire.
Additional personnel on scene entered the home to make sure all of the occupants were out and to also determine if the fire had spread to the interior of the apartment.
Firefighters on the exterior had extinguished the majority of the flames when their hose burst. A second line was quickly pulled into place to finish extinguishing any remaining hot spots. The Ladder crew on scene controlled the utilities and cut a small hole in the roof to make sure the fire was not spreading into the attic after some hot spots were noticed with a thermal imaging camera.
The neighboring apartment did sustain heat damage to the exterior but the apartment was unoccupied. Nine units consisting of 23 firefighters responded to the fire and controlled the fire 12 minutes after arriving.
A male resident in his 50’s was displaced and would be receiving assistance from Red Cross. A female friend who was staying in the apartment noticed the smell of smoke. She went to determine where it was coming from when she opened the door to the carport and saw fire. She immediately woke up the male resident and they exited safely.
Fire Investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire while initial information provided was that the fire started in the carport area. No estimate of the damage is available at this time.