Fire destroys vacant home in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ariz. – Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a vacant home in Peoria.

It happened at about 2 a.m. Thursday in the neighborhood of 69th Avenue and Cactus Road.

Crews from both the Peoria and Glendale fire departments were called to the scene. They were able to get things under control relatively quickly.

The home was empty, both in terms of people and in terms of furnishings. While the house was reportedly abandoned, firefighters who worked the call said the electricity was still on.

At this point, it’s not clear if an electrical issue is to blame for the fire or if a squatter might have started it. It’s not yet known if there is evidence that squatters might have been living in the vacant home, but it’s not uncommon.

A fire investigator was on the scene for several hours Thursday morning to try and determine exactly what happened. He has not said if he found anything to indicate that the fire's origin might be considered suspicious.

Cactus Road was closed between 69th and 75th avenues while fire crews were on the scene. The street reopened to traffic less than two hours later.

The house was destroyed.

No injuries were reported.