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Scottsdale fire kills 2 pets, displaces tenants

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Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 11:36 am | Updated: 11:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Two of four pets injured in a Monday evening fire that swept through a portion of a Scottsdale apartment complex have died. Meanwhile, the occupants displaced by the fire at the Cortesian Apartments, 7749 E. Camelback Road, have been given temporary housing in the complex.

Fire sweeps through Scottsdale apartments

Authorities said a call came in about 7:40 p.m. reporting a fire on the first-floor patio of one of the apartments. There were also reports of heavy smoke and flames from the roof of a two-story apartment.

A crew of 36 firefighters contained the blaze within 15 minutes of their arrival, Scottsdale Fire Department spokeswoman Tiffani Nichols said Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, she said.

Nichols said none of the residents was injured. The fire displaced eight occupants in five units, said Jennifer Smith, manager of Cortesian Apartments. The complex has 332 apartments.

The extent of the damage is still being assessed.

Two apartments, Smith said, appear to be a "total loss," while the other three have smoke damage.

Firefighters were able to rescue three dogs and a cat from multiple apartments.

Paramedics treated two dogs on the scene for burns and smoke inhalation.

"The goal of the Scottsdale Fire Department is to preserve all lives," said Garret Olson, deputy fire chief.

Olson said the injured dogs, which were found alone in an apartment, were given oxygen and sedatives before being taken to the Scottsdale Emergency Animal Clinic for care.

An employee at the clinic said Tuesday that the injured dachshund puppy and Shar-Pei mix could not be saved and were put down Monday night.

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