Early morning fire tears through Phoenix home

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PHOENIX – An early morning house fire kept fire crews busy Thursday.

Firefighters were called out to the home near Interstate 17 and Bell Road at about 6 a.m.

Aerial video showed huge flames devouring the home, which was being remodeled. Crews were able to knock down those flames relatively quickly, but the damage to the home looked to be extensive.

The home was empty when the fire broke out.

Because the drywall had already been torn down from the ceiling and most of the walls, getting to the flames was fairly easy for firefighters.

At one point, a power line went down in the backyard and was sparking.

The flashing lights from the emergency vehicles were clearly visible from I-17 and a portion of the frontage road on the northbound side of the freeway north of the on-ramp was closed for a time. That road has since reopened.

While it's not clear what sparked the fire, crews said it looks like it started on the back patio. Investigators are trying to determine what happened.

According to neighbors, the owners of the house live in New York and were going to move here as soon as the remodel was complete.

No injuries were reported.