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Dec 29, 2013 6:37 PM by Erika Flores

Fire displaces three families

TUCSON-Three families were displaced by an early morning fire that caused ten thousand dollars worth of damage but no injuries.

It happened at an apartment four-plex on the 2500 block of North Fontana.

Neighbors tell News 4 Tucson they saw sparks flying then flames, and as they were trying to put it out with a fire extinguisher, firefighters arrived.

"There were the flashing lights and I smelled smoke," said Gracie Johnson.

Johnson was at home with her children when the fire started.

"These apartments are very close together. There are a lot of trees. I didn't think it got that close. It started in the back of the apartments, but I imagine if it did go up, it wouldn't take much to get across," said Johnson.

Their home is just feet away from the apartments affected by the fire.

"We came out of our house and the fire was already put out," said Johnson. "We're just really thankful that it didn't spread and we also didn't get displaced from our home."

But over a dozen people and seven dogs were.

"Pretty tragic situation," said Johnson. "Some adults and in this apartment here there were some kids too...a family."

Firefighters said the fire destroyed an electrical panel that provides electricity for all four units.

"I saw an electric man walking on the sidewalk," said Billy Lyons.

The American Red Cross is helping the families with temporary lodging and food.

"We felt sad that there was a fire in our neighbor's houses. We didn't want them to move," said Lyons."I hope the neighbors get their homes fixed soon."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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