The Scottsdale Fire Department had little rest Thursday night and Friday morning as three residential fires kept firefighters moving.
A woman living at a complex near 82nd Street and Indian School Road was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire reported about 1:45 a.m. Friday.
Fire Capt. Sasha Weller said the woman was able to open a security window on the second floor of her unit and climb onto a storage shed. A neighbor said she helped the woman through her window to safety.
Weller said the woman was extremely lucky that she had the presence of mind to get out of the unit on her own, given the amount of smoke in the apartment. He said she was lucky she wasn't overtaken by the smoke.
She was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn Hospital.
A neighbor said she was awakened and saw the woman standing on her laundry room yelling, "fire."
The neighbor said the woman was covered in soot, but appeared very calm. The neighbor said she initially didn't recognize the woman as her neighbor because of the black smoke coming from the unit, but when she did, she tore the screen off her window and helped her through.
Another fire was reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. Thursday at an apartment complex in the area of Scottsdale and Thomas roads.
Firefighters found an attic fire above one apartment that was quickly contained, said Battalion Chief Rod Thompson, though four units suffered fire, smoke or water damage.
The cause was still under investigation, Thompson said.
A third fire was reported about 10 p.m. Thursday in the area of Pima and Thomas roads.
Firefighters from Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe found a house with flames shooting through the roof. No other structures were damaged and no one was home at the time of the fire, Thompson said. There were no injuries.
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