Attic fire in Scottsdale displaces 9 residents

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nine people were displaced after an attic fire at their Scottsdale home Wednesday morning.

When Scottsdale fire crews arrived at approximately 7:40 a.m., they found heavy smoke coming from the attic of the home near 70th Street and Thomas Road.

Neighbors and firefighters alerted the residents and everyone was able to get out of the home safely.

Approximately 25 firefighters got the fire under control in less than 20 minutes.

There was extensive damage to the attic and structure. An estimate of the damage was not immediately available.

Scottsdale Fire Department spokeswoman Tiffani Nichols said the home did not have a working smoke alarm.

"This could have been a very tragic situation had it not been for alert neighbors and the quick response by fire crews," Nichols said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Scottsdale Police Department crisis response is assisting three of the nine residents with temporary housing. The rest have found a place to stay with friends or family.