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Updated Apr 7, 2014 - 7:17 am

2 escape burning Phoenix-area apartment

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Two people escaped uninjured from a second-story apartment fire Monday morning in Tempe.

The fire was kept to the one unit at a complex near Broadway Road and Mill Avenue.

Hunter Atha, who lives next door to the burned apartment, said he woke up to pounding on his door telling him to get out. He watched his neighbors make it to safety.

"They had a ladder hoisted up to them and I saw them escape from the bedroom window climbing down the ladder. There was a lot of smoke," he said.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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