Fire tears through Phoenix home, kills 2 family pets

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PHOENIX -- A fire tore though a Phoenix home overnight, leaving a family homeless and killing two of their pets.

Investigation under way

Fire tears through Phoenix home, kills family's pets - A fire tore though a Phoenix home overnight, leaving a family homeless and killing their pets.

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Firefighters were called out to the home near 38th Avenue and Thomas Road at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

According to firefighters on the scene, the fire started outside, but the flames extended into the home.

The three adults who were inside when the fire broke out -- an elderly woman who lived with her son and his girlfriend -- escaped safely.

The woman, who was on the scene to try and salvage some of her belongings, told 3TV's Olivia Fierro that she didn't know what she and her family were going to do next.

Firefighters said there was quite a bit of debris in the backyard that caused power lines to catch fire. APS was on the scene, working to restore electricity.

Frank Salomon of the Phoenix Fire Department said the garage was packed, which made for a dangerous situation.

"That becomes an incredible fire hazard," he said. "It allows for the fire to spread [in the house and] to other homes. It gets into the alley. It becomes a very dangerous fire for firefighters."

The north side of the house was a total loss. Firefighters said the other side of the house was mostly intact despite some smoke damage.

The family is staying with neighbors for the time being.

Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the fire.