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PHOENIX -

An abandoned apartment complex went up in flames after a fire broke out Monday night near 7th Avenue and Camelback Road.

Neighbors call it an eyesore -- a blight in their quiet neighborhood.

"This is the first structure you see in our neighborhood and the whole neighborhood has been waiting to see it burn for a couple of years," said Chuck Jones.

Workers are fixing a fence around the apartments that should have been fixed days ago.

Hours earlier, 60  firefighters battled flames shooting out of the apartments. The fire started on the second floor and moved fast across the attic and on to the roof.

Many believe the fire was started by a transient  who got through the fence and set a fire to stay warm in an empty apartment.

The complex has been empty for two years.  You can see windows are boarded up, but people still get inside.

Jones has called the police many times.

"I had Phoenix Police out here last Saturday.  They flushed out two guys, the others got away.. police also out the Sunday before and found three more," he said.

The landlord lives in California, making it difficult to talk about the problem and frustrating neighbors and businessmen like Mark Tobolski.

"When they were talking about restoring them, that was good news, but it certainly isn't nicer now," he said.

Neighbors have hope.  They will be in court with the landlord January 9th.

Firefighters have not zeroed in on a cause, only calling the fire "suspicious."

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