Firefighter has brush with electrocution while fighting house fire

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

YOUNGTOWN, Ariz. --  A firefighter was taken to the hospital Friday morning after getting too close to some live power lines while fighting a fire at a Youngtown home.

It happened at about 8:30 a.m. at a home in the neighborhood of 112th Avenue north of Peoria Avenue.

The initial call was regarding a fire in a shed. A vehicle that was in the shed, possibly a boat, was burning, as well.

The flames quickly spread to the back of the home, tearing through the Arizona room. Thick black smoke pouring off the home and shed was visible for quite some distance.

More than two dozen firefighters from several cities were called out as they were able to get the flames under control relatively quickly.

During the course of the fire, some power lines connected to the burning house went down. The live wires were on the ground, making for a potentially deadly situation for firefighters.

One of the 30 firefighters on the scene got a little too close to those lines. It’s not clear if he was actually shocked. His name has not been released, but Chief Jim Haner of the Sun City Fire Department told 3TV he’s a member of the El Mirage Fire Department.

He was treated at the scene and then taken to a local hospital for evaluation as a precaution.

Nobody was home when the fire started. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.