Firefighters battle stubborn house fire in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ariz. – Peoria firefighters spent the morning battling a stubborn house fire in the West Valley.

It happened at about 7 a.m. Crews had to pull out of the home in the area of 87th Avenue and Cactus Road because the structure became unstable and dangerous. The roof actually started to cave in.

Just moments earlier, firefighters had been fighting the attic fire from the inside. At one point, flames were shooting from a massive hole in the roof.

“With modern-day construction, it’s very strong and sturdy except under fire conditions,” said Capt. Mike Nichols of the Peoria Fire Department. “If we have a really active fire, we only have about five minutes that we can be in there before the structure starts to collapse.”

Once firefighters pulled out of the building, crews employed master streams, dumping huge amounts of water on the fire from two different directions.

The thick white smoke from the fire was visible for several miles.

Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to neighboring homes.

The woman who lives in the home was awakened by the smoke alarm. When she did not see or smell any smoke, she called her husband, who was out of town, to find out how to turn off the alarm. A short time later, a neighbor who saw flames shooting from the roof pounded on the door.

No injuries were reported.

While the home was destroyed, firefighters were able to save some things that were in the garage, including one of the homeowners' Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Investigators are not sure how the fire started.