Did family fight lead to fire that gutted Phoenix home?

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Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road. By Catherine Holland Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road. By Catherine Holland
Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road. By Catherine Holland Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road. By Catherine Holland
Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road. By Catherine Holland Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road. By Catherine Holland
Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road. By Catherine Holland Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road. By Catherine Holland
Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road. By Catherine Holland Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Investigators are looking into an early morning fire that gutted a home in the area of 38th Street and Thunderbird Road.

Firefighters had their hands full when the call came in at about 4 a.m. The home was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived on the scene.

"[The homeowner] had a lot of debris, a lot of storage all  throughout the house," said Capt. Troy Caskey of the Phoenix Fire Department. Not only did that feed the flames, it also made it difficult for the firefighters to get in there and do their jobs.

Firefighters said they heard some loud explosions as they pulled up to the burning home. The homeowner's sister said those explosions might have been from oxygen tanks stored in the house.

As for all the junk and debris the firefighters encountered, the sister said they had recently emptied the home of another family member and were temporarily storing the things at the house that went up in flames.

Brian Jackson, an amateur photographer, snapped some photos of the intense fire.

"The flames were about 30 to 40 feet tall, engulfing the whole house" Jackson said. "The entire property was lit up."

The homeowner was taken to the hospital. Caskey said his injuries were not related to the fire. The man apparently had some other health concerns, but was in stable condition and is expected to be fine.

A firefighters was also taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. That firefighter is expected to recover.

Caskey said early reports indicate there was some kind of domestic dispute outside the home before the fire started. That is under investigation. It's not yet known if that alleged dispute had anything to do with the fire.

"There's always the suspicion when you hear those kinds of reports," Caskey said. "They will be investigating that."

The homeowner's sister did confirm that the homeowner and his wife had gotten into an argument, but she said everything was fine. Investigators are looking to talk to the wife about what happened.

The investigation is ongoing.