Yesterday evening at approximately 6:49 p.m., Mesa Fire and Medical and Mesa Police Department personnel responded to an individual who was making threats to harm herself. Upon arrival, police personnel located an apartment fully engulfed and a female inside. Per witness reports, neighbors initially assisted the woman and then two officers immediately carried her out of further harms way as the fire was spreading quickly to adjacent apartments. Additional police officers rushed quickly to save occupants in the apartments at risk. Mesa Fire and Medical also acted swiftly to put out the fire so no further damage or injuries would occur. The incident was determined to be an arson investigation, said Sgt. Diana Williams, spokesperson for the Mesa Police Department.
She said one occupant and four police officers were transported to the hospital. The female citizen who was transported was determined to be the one who started the fire in her apartment, Williams said. She was later released from the hospital and booked on felony charges to include arson. The investigation is still on-going.
A total of seven officers were exposed to smoke inhalation, Williams said. Three of the officers were immediately treated on scene with no further evaluation needed. Four officers were transported to the hospital as a precaution. Three of the officers who were transported to the hospital were evaluated and later released, Williams said. One officer was kept overnight for observation and will be released shortly. None of the officers suffered major injuries.
“Overall, we are happy to report there were no critical injuries or fatalities from this incident,” Williams said. “The quick and courageous acts by all public safety personnel minimized the number of injuries and damage. A great job was done by all of our police officers and firefighters involved.”