Tucson firefighters battle mobile home fire

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By Kevin Adjer By Kevin Adjer

Tucson firefighters battled a mobile home fire on the southside Tuesday morning.

The call came in just after 11 a.m. at 1402 West Ajo Way.  That's located in the Mesa Ridge mobile home park on Ajo Way just west of Interstate 19.

"We received a call from a teenager who had been inside the home with a seven year old boy. He stated that there was a fire and the smoke detectors were sounding in the home. We noticed flames as we got into the trailer park complex," explains Captain Trish Tracy of the Tucson Fire Department.

Tucson fire officials told Fox 11 Video Journalist Kevin Adger that a 7-year-old boy was inside the mobile home at the time the fire started and heard the smoke detector go off, "The younger boy saw some smoke and heard the smoke detector so he was able to alert the 17-year-old to get out of the house."

He alerted a 17-year-old boy who was home and they escaped, but the 17-year-old was slightly injured trying to rescue animals.  A dog died in the blaze, "One of them tried to go back in and get them he ended up being transported to a hospital with minor injuries."

The fire was burning inside the ceiling and caused difficulty for some of the firefighters.

The heat prompted the fire command officers to quickly relieve firefighters and replace them.

"It was so dark and smoky, pitch black. You can't see a single thing. You couldn't see your partner standing behind you. Make sure that once you get outside you never ever go back inside for anything we have special equipment including thermal imaging cameras where we can see you," says Eddie Padilla of the Tucson Fire Department.

The temperature at the nearby Tucson International Airport was 94 degrees at the time of the time.

The American Red Cross has responded to help the four people displaced by the fire.  The damage to the home was about $80,000.

The fire was called "under control" at 11:50 a.m.

The cause and the orgin of the fire is still under investigation.