Sep 9, 2012 3:51 PM by Associated Press

5 injured in Phoenix apartment house fire

PHOENIX (AP) - Five people were taken to the hospital for treatment after fire engulfed two apartments in a north Phoenix four-plex.

Fire officials credit smoke alarms and passers-by with helping save lives after the blaze broke out early Sunday morning.

The Arizona Republic reports ( ) the top two apartments were destroyed.

Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Larry Nunez says two adults and two children had to be taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. A woman also injured her ankle when she jumped to escape the second-floor fire.

The fire started at the front of an apartment and a wall of fire engulfed the front door. Nunez says residents' only choice was to jump from the back.


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