Union Democrat staff

Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of a fire Tuesday morning that burned a Sonora apartment building and displaced 15 residents, three of whom were children.

The fire was reported at 9:46 a.m. at Quail Hollow Apartments on Chukar Circle.

It burned all four units in the building.

Witnesses and fire and law enforcement officials said it appeared to have started on a couch in a unit where a party had occurred the night before.

Nathan Phillips, a neighborhood resident, spotted the fire about 9:40 a.m.

He said he was outside and smelled something burning. He ran to the back of the burning unit, Unit A, where he was met with billowing smoke.

"I saw a couch on fire!" he said.

He told a woman to call 911 and broke a fire-extinguisher box and tried to extinguish the fire. The extinguisher was no match for the flames and he began yelling for the residents to get out of the building.

For the complete story, see the June 4, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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