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The Latest: Fire damages apartment building; man detained

November 9, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a Phoenix apartment building fire (all times local):

10:05 a.m.

Authorities in Phoenix say a fire of unknown origin damaged a two-story apartment building and displaced 21 residents Friday while also resulting in police taking a man in custody.

The Fire Department says firefighters stopped the fire in a second-story unit from spreading to the seven other units but that smoke rendered them uninhabitable.

No injuries were reported from the fire, but police Sgt. Armando Carbajal said the complex’s property manager suffered a cut on a hand during an encounter with a knife-wielding man in the unit where the fire occurred.

According to Carbajal, the confrontation occurred after the property manager entered the unit with a fire extinguisher after he saw smoke.

Carbajal says the man who was in the apartment was detained pending further investigation.

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7:50 a.m.

Firefighters and police officers are at a burning apartment building in north Phoenix where at least one man has been taken into custody Friday.

Smoke poured from vents and other openings as firefighters streamed water into the building. Meanwhile, several police succeeded in placing a struggling handcuffed man inside a police vehicle.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and no additional information was immediately available.

The building is near North 14th Avenue and West Hatcher Road.

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