2 dead in Glendale house fire


by The Associated Press and azfamily.com


Posted on August 22, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 23 at 1:58 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Authorities say two people have died after their Glendale home caught fire.

Glendale fire spokesman Jose Morales says crews responded around 9 p.m. Friday to a blaze at a single-story home near 61st Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Morales says firefighters broke down the door and found a teenage boy in a wheelchair in a central living room. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crews searched the home and found an adult woman in the back of the house. She was taken to a hospital, where she died from her injuries.

Glendale Police Det. Ted Yoder said the victims have been identified as 16-year-old Elijah Martin and 49-year-old Helen Russell. Yoder said a juvenile escaped the home unharmed.

There were no other injuries to civilians or firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Glendale police are also investigating