Car fire spreads to house

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by Mike Gertzman

Video report by Jaime Cerreta

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 5:32 AM

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PHOENIX -- A home was severely damaged Wednesday afternoon when a car fire spread to the attic, according to Capt. Jonathan Jacobs with the Phoenix Fire Dept.

The home is near 32nd Street and Thomas Road.

Nobody was home when firefighters arrived. Several people who were in the area called 911 to report the fire.

Capt. Jacobs said firefighters were on scene in less than four minutes.

The car was parked in a carport.

"That presents a couple challenges for us, number one to extinguish the car fire. Number two is that there are a lot of ways into the attic for that fire to go," explained Capt. Jacobs.

Jacobs said the house had multiple additions and the attic had a lot of space for fire to hide making it difficult to put out the fire.

"Firefighters were able to do it. Get it knocked down, keep it contained into the attic," said Capt. Jacobs.

Additional fire crews were sent to the location because the fire was spreading to the trees and there was concern about the fire spreading to other homes.

"These are old built homes. They're built conventionally framed. That means that they were built on site, lots of dried wood in the attic," said Capt. Jacobs. "It's not the normal plaster that you would encounter in today's modern homes. This is chicken wire and plaster that basically is the drywall inside these homes which makes it extremely tough for firefighters to get into those attic areas."

Capt. Jacobs said the occupants of the home will be displaced for some time because of the significant damage to the home.

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