Fire levels home under construction

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire that leveled a Glendale house that was under construction early Thursday morning.

It happened between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

By the time firefighters arrived at 59th Avenue and Greenway Road, the house already was a lost cause. Flames were shooting up to 30 feet into the air. The priority for crews was keeping those flames from spreading to nearby homes.

Firefighters immediately went defensive and were forced to take down a wall that was swaying dangerously.

It was the young daughter of a neighbor who called 911. She said she and her family heard what she described as "three little, small explosions." They thought it was from the electricity but that turned out not to be the case.

Crews on the scene said the house did not have utilities connected so there was no electricity or gas.

In addition, the house reportedly was vacant when the fire broke out.

While the fire investigator said it's too early to call it arson, the circumstances do make the fire suspicious. He said he will be talking to the construction crews that have been working on the home as he tries to determine exactly what happened.

The house was destroyed. Damage estimates were not immediately available.

No injuries were reported.