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10 displaced after apartment fire Mesa police call intentional

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Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 10:22 am

Members of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross have relocated 10 residents, including a child, to a local motel after they were displaced from their homes when an apartment fire in west Mesa damaged about six units.

The Monday morning fire started in the attic of a vacant apartment in the Casa Carranza complex at 1903 North Country Club Drive just south of McKellips Road, and fire investigators believe it was intentionally set, according to information from the Mesa Fire Department and the Red Cross. Police discovered that a former tenant who lived in the apartment where the fire started recently was evicted and witnesses saw him leaving the scene shortly before the fire started, police said.

About 30 firefighters responded to the scene and had the blaze out in about 15 minutes. A number of neighboring units also had to be evacuated, police said.

Over the next few days, caseworkers from the Red Cross will revisit the displaced residents to review how their needs have been met, according to a Red Cross spokeswoman.

“It’s always our goal to get people as close to their homes as possible in these cases,” said Cynthia Pullen, a spokeswoman for the Grand Canyon chapter of the American Red Cross.

Investigators are continuing to look into the cause of the fire. A dollar amount of damage was not available.

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