- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson firefighter received minor burns, but he escaped serious injury Wednesday when a burning apartment complex’s roof partially collapsed on him during an early morning fire that displaced about 30 residents.

The Fire Department says the roof partially collapsed as the firefighter climbed a stairwell to go to the second floor of the complex on the city’s eastside because firefighters had been told somebody might still be inside a second-floor apartment, fire Capt. Barrett Baker said.

The firefighter jumped off the staircase to the ground when the roof partially collapsed, and firefighters from then on stayed out of the building while fighting the fire with water hoses, Baker said.

It turned out that all of the residents had already escaped, Baker said.

Two residents were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, but they were not seriously injured, Baker said.

Some of the displaced residents were moved into vacant units in the complex, and the Red Cross was helping provide temporary housing assistance to others.


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