Heavy smoke from Eastside apartment fire sends one to the hospital

TUCSON, Ariz. - One person is in the hospital after what Tucson Fire are calling a "heavily damaged" apartment fire.

TFD says it happened Sunday just before 5:00 p.m. in the 7600 block of East 22nd Street. 

Multiple people called 911 after seeing a heavy black cloud of smoke near the apartment. When firefighters arrived, they say they found the person outside and paramedics evaluated them.

TFD says as crews entered the apartment, they "encountered high heat with almost zero visibility".

15 feet into the apartment, firefighters say the kitchen area was fully engulfed in flames that were attempting to spread down the hallway. 

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the apartment it started in. 

Two adults will be displaced. The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation.

TFD wants to remind the community that knowing how to get out of your home in two different ways can be the difference between life and death. They say smoke is toxic to breathe, and makes it almost impossible to see. They suggest practicing an escape plan and to never go back inside a home once you get out.

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