Homeowner burned in series of explosions during house fire

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A Phoenix man is in serious condition after his house literally burst into flames.

It happened at around 10 p.m. on Saturday near 48th Street and Thomas. Firefighters say the man was severely burned as guns, ammunition and grenade cases sent off explosion after explosion.

Police and the bomb squad have packed up for the day but family members were out there boarding up what is left of the home.

There is a lot of damage and a giant hole in the roof after the homeowner's hobby set off quite an explosion. Flames tore through the Pinchot Avenue home and once the blaze was out responders remained on high alert because of what was inside.

A fake skeleton on the yard looked creepy but the real threat were the explosives.

Sgt. Chuck Mount, with the Phoenix Police Department Bomb Squad explains, “He has a lot of inert explosives, he's got hand grenades, rocket propeller explosives, things like that.”

Phoenix police say the homeowner is a collector and his weapons and ammunition are legal. They say the fire may have started because the resident was reloading a gun.

The homeowner was badly injured. Brandon Mitchell, neighbor tells 3TV, “He was screaming and yelling pretty loudly he was burned.”

Neighbors watched as the bomb squad spent the day removing potentially dangerous items from the home to make sure none of the explosives would spontaneously blow.

Matthew Armstrong, another neighbor, adds, “It's a little concerning considering I live right next door, my child's bedroom is right there.”

The homeowner's wife was not injured as a result of the fire.