Media Investigation: As fires increase in Phoenix's 'The Zone' this November, people struggle to stay safe

  • Source: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Mesa
  • Published: 11/28/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Neighbors watched in horror as crews raced to smother flames at 9th Avenue and Jackson Street in downtown Phoenix again. There were no physical injuries in this tent fire, but it burned multiple tent spaces and displaced three people who already had nowhere else to go. "And I doused the flames with a gallon of water, but I need more water and there wasn't any on hand," said Ninde Michaels. Michaels tried to put the tent fire out herself while trying to salvage her belongings. "The way they see it is just trash, but it's not," she shared. "It's all I have right now." Her torched tent is a remnant of the third fire on this block in just a week, and one of many 911 calls for a fire so far this month in "The Zone," Phoenix’s largest homeless encampment.


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