Woman dead, 2 children critical after apartment fire near 19th and Dunlap avenues

Phoenix fire officials say a woman was found dead after an apartment fire Friday morning in Phoenix that also sent her two children and another woman to the hospital.

Crews were called to the building near 19th and Dunlap avenues around 9 a.m. for a second alarm fire after people in the area noticed flames above the roof-line of the three-story building.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the building, as well as people trapped on the second floor. A ladder was used to help multiple people get down to safety.

Two children, an 8-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy, were rushed to the hospital for burns, and were said to be in critical condition. A woman was also taken to the hospital for evaluation of injuries to her leg, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

About 100 firefighters responded to battle the flames.

Fire officials say once the flames were put out, investigators entered the building and found the body of a 30-year-old woman. Her identity hasn’t been released.

Up to eight units were damaged and the American Red Cross was dispatched to help the occupants impacted.

No firefighters were hurt. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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