Same home burns twice in Anthem

Print
Email
|

by Steve Bodinet

azfamily.com

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 6:40 PM

ANTHEM, Ariz. -- Daisy Mountain fire fighters responded to a small fire at a large home Thursday afternoon. It's believed the blaze was started by plumbers who were sweating pipes. 

Even though the fire spread to the attic, it was thought to be fully extinguished. But because smoldering embers can hide in the insulation in attics, Daisy Mountain crews along with Maricopa County Sheriff's Officers checked on the home every two hours throughout the night, even using thermal imaging devices in an effort to detect hot spots.

Around 5 a.m. Friday morning, the fire reignited and crews returned to find the 3,200 square-foot home fully engulfed. 

This time fire fighters could only take a defensive stand as the home was completely destroyed. 

An ember also found it's way onto the roof of a neighboring home, but crews were able to control that blaze before a lot of damage was done.

A fire restart is unusual, but Daisy Mountain Captain Dave Wilson says it's always a possibility when the original blaze finds it's way into an attic. 

Even though it's thought that's exactly what happened at the large Anthem home, investigators are still on sight, looking for other possible causes to the second fire.

Print
Email
|