Northwest Fire responded to the Catalina Canyon apartment complex, Sunday just before 5:00 pm based on reports of a unit on fire received by the 9-1-1 communications center.
Crews arrived within 5 minutes to find heavy smoke and fire coming from a second-floor unit with flames traveling to the patio of the third-floor unit above. A second-alarm was activated at that time. Based on initial reports from neighbors suggesting that the unit’s occupants may still be inside, fire crews engaged in an interior search and fire fight, but no occupants were found. Crews had advanced hose line into the structure continuing the interior fire fight and kept the fire contained to the second story unit and patio above.
The fire was extinguished within 16 minutes of first arriving engine with no resident or firefighter injuries reported. All occupants of those 12 units have been displaced until the utilities can be safely restored.
Northwest Fire District’s Community Assistance Team and the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Red Cross are collaborating with the apartment complexes management company to assist those neighbors with housing needs.
The two-alarm fire involved 40 firefighters staffing 6 engine companies, 2 ladder companies, 2 rescue companies and multiple support units. Northwest Fire’s investigator determined that the fire had started externally on the second story balcony; damage estimates were not immediately available. Updates will be provided as available.