Apparent domestic-violence situation ends with house fire, search

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PHOENIX -- A domestic-violence situation in the West Valley escalated into something much bigger early Friday morning.

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Domestic violence situation ends with house fire - A domestic-violence call in the West Valley escalated into a house fire early Friday morning.

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It all went down near 67th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road just before 2 a.m.

According to Phoenix police, it started when a 23-year-old who had been drinking started pounding on the door, looking for his girlfriend.

Officers said the people in the house refused to let him in. That's when he busted through a window.

The people inside were able to get out safely, but they reportedly heard the man threatening to burn down the house.

Police said once inside, the man did set the house on fire and then stabbed himself repeatedly.

He then took off, sparking a search. Police called in K9 units and a helicopter, eventually catching up with the man about a mile away.

He was taken to a local hospital.

It's not yet clear what charges he could be facing.