Foreclosed home packed with items burns in Phoenix

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House fire near 37th Street and Thunderbird Road By Jennifer Thomas House fire near 37th Street and Thunderbird Road By Jennifer Thomas
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House fire near 37th Street and Thunderbird Road By Jennifer Thomas House fire near 37th Street and Thunderbird Road By Jennifer Thomas
House fire near 37th Street and Thunderbird Road By Jennifer Thomas House fire near 37th Street and Thunderbird Road By Jennifer Thomas
House fire near 37th Street and Thunderbird Road By Jennifer Thomas House fire near 37th Street and Thunderbird Road By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Firefighters had their hands full trying to get into a burning home Friday morning.

Phoenix firefighters responded to the house fire near Thunderbird Road and 37th Street at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Fire Capt. Scott McDonald said crews found heavy smoke and flames when they arrived. Firefighters had trouble getting into the home because it was full of belongings.

Officials said the home was in foreclosure and had gone back to the bank. The home was vacant and the utilities had been shut off, but it was packed with items being stored by the former owner and a previous renter.

"The house was pretty much stacked all the way to the ceiling with stuff," Battalion Chief Vinny Konderik said.

Firefighters had to get everything out of the garage to make sure the fire was completely out. Konderik said crews would be checking on the house throughout the day to make sure there isn't a rekindle.

Investigators are still trying to determine what started the fire.