Two critically injured in Palm Springs apartment unit fire

Two injured people were found at the scene and taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in critical condition. The damaged building has historical significance.
Two people were critically injured Thursday during a fire in the 200 block of Tamarisk. (Photo: Palm Springs Fire Department)

Two people were critically injured in a fire that heavily damaged a Palm Springs apartment building Thursday and a firefighter suffered a minor injury while helping to douse the blaze.

Fire crews responded around 10:20 a.m. to the blaze in the apartment building at 275 Tamarisk Road. Two injured people were found at the scene and taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in critical condition, fire Capt. Nathan Gunkel told City News Service. A firefighter suffered a minor injury.

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“Red Cross has been called in and we’re probably going to have a total of nine units that will probably all require housing,” Gunkel said. “Three (units) were fire damaged but because of power and other issues that support the whole apartment complex, all nine may need housing.”

 No other information was immediately available. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The building that houses the apartments, known as The Chaney Apartments, has historical significance. It was designed by Albert Frey and John Porter Clark in the late 1930s and is frequently included in tours of the Las Palmas Historic District.

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