2 badly burned in shed fire in N. Phoenix


by azfamily.com

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 10:01 AM

Map: Near 35th Avenue and Deer Valley

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PHOENIX -- Two people are fighting for their lives after being severely burned when a fire destroyed a shed where they apparently  had been living.

It happened early Friday morning in the neighborhood southwest of 35th Avenue and Deer Valley Road just north of Loop 101.

Aerial video from Chopper 3 showed the ruined shed and burned area behind it. It does not look like the flames spread to the house.

Reporting from the chopper, Tammy Rose said she saw emergency crews treating one person. According to the Phoenix Fire Department, two people were severely burned. Both were taken to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa County Medical Center.

Homeowners said a couple of family members -- a man and woman, both in their 50s -- had been staying in the shed. Although the homeowners had recently kicked the people out, the pair kept returning to the shed at night. They sometimes started fires to keep warm. They also were smokers.

There was quite a bit of stuff in the back yard feeding the large, fast-moving flames.

The fire was so large and intense that when firefighters first approached the shed, they did not immediately spot the two burn victims lying on the ground.

Both were badly burned over their entire bodies and reportedly are in extremely critical condition.

Investigators are trying to determine how the fire started.