3 family members dead, 2 fighting for lives after Phoenix condo fire

Mar 2, 2023, 1:27 PM | Updated: Mar 3, 2023, 8:26 am

(Phoenix Fire Department Photo) (Phoenix Fire Department Photo) (Phoenix Fire Department Photo) (Phoenix Fire Department Photo) (Phoenix Fire Department Photo)

PHOENIX – Three family members died and two others were fighting for their lives after firefighters pulled them from a burning condo in Phoenix on Wednesday night, authorities said.

The children’s father was pronounced dead at the scene near 35th and Northern avenues, police and fire officials said during a Thursday afternoon press conference. Four children — three boys and a girl — were rushed to pediatric hospitals in extremely critical condition. Two of the boys did not survive.

“We’re looking at folks who probably asphyxiated from smoke, not so much burn injuries,” Phoenix Fire Capt. Rob McDade said. “That’s the deadliest thing that can happen to them. That’s why they were all in respiratory arrest.”

The approximate age range of the children, who were found in their beds, is 5 to 12, officials said.

“We do feel … part of our family, part of our community passed away, and these are tragic events that us as first responders take very, very seriously, and investigators take very seriously,” Sgt. Rob Scherer of the Phoenix Police Department said.

“Our primary goal is to try to find those that were touched by these kids and the adult male involved and really, really reach out and be there for them.”

There were no signs the fire was set intentionally, officials said, but the cause remains under investigation. McDade said preliminary information is that the home didn’t have working smoke detectors.

“We will do our due diligence to make sure, leaving nothing unturned to try to figure out what started this fire,” McDade said.

The townhome was filled with smoke and flames when crews responded around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters started battling the blaze while launching a search for occupants.

“Our firefighters did everything they could,” McDade said. “They made a valiant effort of going in there with a tremendous amount of heat and fire to do a quick search.”

They carried five unresponsive people from the burning structure and initiated advanced life-support measures.

“Valiant effort by the firefighters on scene to extract them, to knock down that fire, to give them a chance of survival,” McDade said.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels Photo)...

Brandon Gray

Construction on The Shops at Lake Pleasant in Peoria underway

Construction on The Shops at Lake Pleasant in Peoria has started, the shopping center owner Vestar announced in a press release Friday. 

1 day ago

(Tim Hacker/ Mesa Public Schools)...

ADHS offering free drinking water lead screening for schools, child care facilities

The Arizona Department of Health Services is offering free drinking water lead screening opportunities for schools and child care facilities as part of a nationwide program.

1 day ago

Arizona Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton (Arizona State Legislature and Pixabay Photos)...

Brandon Gray

Arizona Rep. Stahl Hamilton violated House rules by hiding bibles, Ethics Committee finds

The Arizona House Ethics Committee released its findings Friday on an ethics complaint filed against State Representative Stephanie Stahl Hamilton.  

1 day ago

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)...

Associated Press

Hobbs vetoes bill requiring schools to limit transgender students’ bathroom access

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation to restrict use of public school restrooms by transgender students.

1 day ago

(Pexels Photo)...

Suspect arrested after allegedly fatally shooting Little Caesars coworker in Glendale

Police have arrested a suspect accused of fatally shooting a coworker in Glendale on Friday.

1 day ago

Follow @suelenrivera...

SuElen Rivera

Tempe gets funding from Maricopa County to operate indoor cooling center

The city of Tempe received a grant from the state's most populous county to operate a new indoor cooling center in the East Valley.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles



Here are the biggest tips to keep your AC bill low this summer

PHOENIX — In Arizona during the summer, having a working air conditioning unit is not just a pleasure, but a necessity. No one wants to walk from their sweltering car just to continue to be hot in their home. As the triple digits hit around the Valley and are here to stay, your AC bill […]

(Photo: OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center)...

OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center

Here’s what you need to know about OCD and where to find help

It's fair to say that most people know what obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders generally are, but there's a lot more information than meets the eye about a mental health diagnosis that affects about one in every 100 adults in the United States.

(Desert Institute for Spine Care in Arizona Photo)...

Desert Institute for Spine Care in Arizona

5 common causes for chronic neck pain

Neck pain can debilitate one’s daily routine, yet 80% of people experience it in their lives and 20%-50% deal with it annually.

3 family members dead, 2 fighting for lives after Phoenix condo fire