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Three story care facility under construction goes up in flames in north Phoenix

Posted at 2:50 PM, Mar 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-18 17:50:22-04

A three story care facility under construction went up in flames overnight into Saturday morning.

The incident started around 3 a.m.

At least 100 firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire at the 95,000 square foot facility.

Phoenix fire says this was an under construction complex, which made the fire spread much faster than normal. Officials say the facility was 50% complete.

At least 10 neighboring homes in the area also had to be evacuated because the fire was so large. Several of them had fire and water damage.

"The entire house was orange because of the light and that's when I went outside and saw the flames that were like 7 stories high," said Paloma Rueles, who lives nearby. "When we actually felt it, it was just like burning, just really intense and it was very scary."

So far no injuries have been reported.

Phoenix Fire says they are working with owners and construction crews to determine if there is any evidence as to the cause of the fire.

The owners of the facility estimate the damage to be around $7 million dollars, according to officials.