Firefighters battle 4 blazes overnight
Tucson firefighters were busy overnight as they fought four fires in an 11-hour stretch.
Just before 6.p.m., 23 firefighters from nine units responded to reports that smoke and flames were pouring out of a second floor apartment at a complex in the 1200 block of West Roger Road, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman said in a news release.
Four people were displaced from two apartments in the complex, and two cats and two guinea pigs were killed in the fire, TFD Cpt. Barrett Baker said.
The fire was caused by an electrical malfunction near combustible material, he said.
Less than an hour after the first fire, at about 6:48 p.m, eight units and 21 firefighters responded to a house fire in the 2500 block of North Tyndall.
The fire started when a cigarette that wasn't completely extinguished was placed in a plastic trash can next to a couch on the back porch of the house, Baker said.
There were no injuries, but the fire displaced the home's four residents, he said.
At about 10:52 p.m. firefighters responded to a third fire, this one at an apartment complex in the 5100 block of East 22nd Street. A 911 caller reported flames coming from the roof. Nine units consisting of 23 firefighters had the fire under control 22 minutes.
A mother and her two daughters were displaced by the fire, but the management of the apartment were working on securing shelter for the family, Baker said.
The fire damage occurred in the bathroom of the apartment, near a running exhaust fan, but the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, Baker said.
Then, just before 4 a.m., nine TFD units and 23 firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in the 4900 block of East 23rd Street. The family was awakened by smoke alarms and escaped the house before firefighters arrived.
The fire displaced a family of six, sending two to the hospital due to smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire, which started in a bedroom, is still under investigation, Baker said.