North Phoenix home damaged after shed catches fire

North Phoenix home damaged after shed catches fire

North Phoenix home damaged after shed catches fire

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on March 30, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 30 at 4:38 PM

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PHOENIX -- A North Phoenix home was damaged after its adjoining shed caught fire Sunday afternoon.

It occurred northeast of 35th Avenue and Bell Road.

Firefighters arrived about 2 p.m. and were able to quickly extinguish the blaze despite the house having a metal roof.

"In the city of Phoenix, we have operative procedures that do not allow us to go on metal roofs ... for safety purposes," Phoenix Fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra said, citing slipping and electrical hazards.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it apparently started in the storage unit and spread to the attic, Saavedra said.

The homeowner told firefighters he heard a "pop" and saw smoke coming from the shed. He gathered his wife, grandchild and dog and exited the house.

"The occupant did an excellent job. That's what we always recommend for safety purposes," Saavedra said. "In the event that you see a fire, get your immediate family, get them outside, and have a place where you guys are going to meet for safety."

No injuries were reported.

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