PHOENIX -- Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a garage fire at a Phoenix home, sending a family of four running for their lives Wednesday morning.
It happened at about 1 a.m. in the area of 52nd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.
The family was safely outside when firefighters arrived. One of the family members was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. That person is OK and did not go to the hospital.
Flames destroyed everything in the garage, including two cars.
The damage to the home is severe enough that it's not safe for the family to return.
It's not clear if the house was equipped with working smoke alarms, but firefighters always say installing smoke detectors is one of the best things you can do to protect your family.
Because flames move with incredible speed, doubling in size every 30 seconds, time is critical. Once a fire starts, you generally have less than five minutes to escape, firefighters say. A functioning smoke detector can buy you that time.
Firefighters say there should be at least one smoke detector on every level of your home. The best place to install them is near sleeping areas.
Simply installing smoke detectors, however, is not enough. Safety experts say you need to test each unit every month and, for the ones that run on 9-volt batteries, replace the batteries every year.