Fire tears through 2 historic homes in Central Phoenix

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Dozens of firefighters were called out to a Central Phoenix neighborhood early Monday morning for a fire that ripped through not one, but two historic homes.

Intense flames lit up the sky as crews arrived on scene the Third and Roosevelt streets at about 3 a.m. More firefighters were called out to try and keep the fire from spreading.

Flames tore through one home and then jumped to a second home in back.

Firefighters said both homes were vacant. Because there was nobody inside either structure, firefighters were able to go defensive right away.

"Right from the get-go, the fire was so intense that they weren't able to enter the structure," said Capt. Hugh Chase of the Phoenix Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.