Plumbers report Scottsdale house fire; 2 firefighters injured


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Karen Brown

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 10:30 AM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Two firefighters sustained minor injuries after responding to a fire in North Scottsdale Thursday afternoon.

Scottsdale and Phoenix fire departments were dispatched to a house fire near 117th Street and Parkview Lane at about 3 p.m.

Scottsdale Fire Department Division Chief Jay Ducote said plumbers who were working on the exterior of the home called 911 to report the fire.

"When we got in here, we couldn't see anything. We had smoke all the way to the floor," said Scottsdale Fire Capt. Sean Cooney, who was one of the first firefighters to enter the burning home.

The fire got into the wall and attic. Crews aggressively pulled ceiling in the home to prevent the fire from spreading.

"The fire started at the west end of the house and within 10 minutes it was moving across the rafters of the roof at a very quick rate," said neighbor Vic Flanigan.

Part of the roof collapsed onto a firefighter but he was not seriously hurt, according to the fire department.

Property manager Paul Farrell said the homeowners live in Chicago and use the home when they vacation in Arizona. Neighbors said they had plans to retire in the Valley.

"They just did a lot of remodeling here and a lot of things are new," Farrell said.

Although there was heavy damage to the living room, firefighters said it could have been much worse.

"It looks bad but really this was a really good save," Cooney said.

The homeowners have insurance.