Apartment Fire Leaves Girl, 14, Dead, Four Others Injured

PHOENIX (March 23, 2014) A 14-year-old girl died and her mother and three siblings were in critical condition after an early-morning apartment fire Sunday in west Phoenix.

Fire department Capt. Jonathan Jacobs says firefighters responded at around at 12:45 a.m. Sunday to a report of a fire in a second floor unit of an apartment building.

He told The Associated Press that firefighters battled heavy smoke as they quickly put on the fire and then found the victims.

Phoenix police Officer James Holmes says the 33-year-old mother and a 10-year-old were hospitalized in critical condition, and a 3-year-old and a 3-month old were in extremely critical but stable condition.

Holmes said the fire may have been intentionally set, and one person has been detained.

Nearly 30 other people who live in the building were displaced.

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