Flames tear through vacant luxury home ... again

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix fire investigators believe something is suspicious after fire broke out at a vacant luxury home for a second time.

Massive fire

It happened just before midnight near 23rd Avenue north of the Carefree Highway.

Larry Berke said he and his wife were watching TV at about 11:30 Wednesday night when he saw smoke drift pass his window.

Berke, who is hearing impaired, went outside to check it out. He rang the doorbell of the home that was burning, but nobody answered. He quickly alerted those living nearby, possibly saving their lives.

"He says he doesn't think he saved lives, but helped people be aware of the fire in case it spread," said Bob Goetz, Berke's father-in-law.

Berke and Goetz said they believe the home was destroyed was for sale.

At this point, fire investigators are calling the fire suspicious.

It's not clear what sparked the fire at 4,000-square-foot house, but crews said they were able to keep the flames from spreading to any other homes.

Fire crews said that this was the second time they had been called out to this particular home.

Details about the first fire were not immedaitely available, but firefighters said they were able to contain that one to the attic.

No injuries were reported in either incident.