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Residents, Apartment safe after a close call with a brush fire

Posted at 2:34 AM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 10:41:11-04

Quick work by Tucson Firefighters helped keep a brush fire from destroying an apartment complex north of Downtown.

TFD says it got multiple calls reporting smoke and flames from some apartments near the 300 block of W. Ventura St..

Units responded and say they could see smoke and flames as they approached the scene. When fire crews got to the area, they saw a row of brush and scrap wood burning along a fence that bordered the apartments.

Firefighters then started evacuating residents as other crews worked to put out the fire. Firefighters had to enter the storage yard of a neighboring business in order to get to all of the burning material.

The fire was under control in about 10 minutes, with the help of 21 firefighters after the initial dispatch.

No one was hurt in the incident and the flames were extinguished before any part of the apartment building or the equipment in the neighboring business could be damaged.

TFD says this serves as a safety reminder to keep combustible materials away from buildings. Had this fire burning longer, it could have displaced many people and resulted in possible injuries.Tucson Fire reminds the community to keep a buffer zone between anything combustible and buildings, especially during this hot and dry time of year.