Scottsdale homeowner detained during house fire, dog killed

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A Scottsdale man was arrested overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs. By Catherine Holland A Scottsdale man was arrested overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs. By Catherine Holland
A Scottsdale man was arrested overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs. By Catherine Holland A Scottsdale man was arrested overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs. By Catherine Holland
A Scottsdale man was arrested overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs. By Catherine Holland A Scottsdale man was arrested overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs. By Catherine Holland
A Scottsdale man was arrested overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs. By Catherine Holland A Scottsdale man was arrested overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs. By Catherine Holland
A Scottsdale man was arrested overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs. By Catherine Holland A Scottsdale man was arrested overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs. By Catherine Holland

SCOTTSDALE -- A Scottsdale man was detained by police overnight as a fire burned down his house and killed one of his dogs.

Fire crews were called out to the neighborhood near Scottsdale and McDowell roads about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The homeowner, Ken Dix, said he was home working on his computer when the fire started. He said he heard a popping sound just before the electricity went out. He went outside to see what was the problem was and saw the fire in the carport area.

He and his wife got out of the home and called 911.

By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

Dix was upset because he could not find his two dogs and believed they were still in the  burning house. He wanted to go in and get them, but officers on the scene would not let him. They kept telling him firefighters needed everybody to stay back out of harm's way. The discussion apparently got heated.

While it's not clear exactly what happened between Dix and the officer, Dix was taken into custody. He was detained about an hour and cited for disorderly conduct and disobeying an officer's order.

One of Dix's dogs died in the fire. The other was found hiding in a backyard shed. It was injured.

Neither Dix nor his wife was hurt, but in addition to losing one of their pets, their home and vehicles were badly damaged.

Scottsdale fire investigators believe the fire started with a light fixture near a laundry room at the back of the house.

Approximately 25 firefighters worked for 30 minutes to get the fire under control.

Fire investigators have estimated the total fire loss, including the contents and structure, to be $150,000. The home was built in 1959 and did not have a residential sprinkler system.