Payson, ArizonaThe incident happened at around 8:30 p.m. MT on Saturday when a large explosion occurred near the 500 block of Beeline Highway, which is in the vicinity of Ace Hardware and the Payson United Methodist Church. A large fire broke out at the scene and multiple buildings appeared to be damaged. A large number of emergency services, including multiple helicopters and firefighters from multiple cities, responded to the scene. According to initial reports, at least 8 and possibly 9 people have been transported to area hospitals, mostly for smoke inhalation and minor burns. One of those injured was airlifted to hospital. There was no immediate word on the conditions of the victims. Other details, such as the cause of the explosion, were also not immediately known. We're working to gather additional information. Fire officials confirm that there are multiple fatalities as a result of the explosion, which is believed to have been caused by a gas leak. The total number of fatalities was not immediately clear. Details soon. Emergency services in Arizona are at the scene of an explosion and fire at an apartment complex in the town of Payson, officials in Gila County say. There are reports of multiple victims but only few details are available.