CHANDLER, Ariz. – A firefighter and a civilian were injured in an early morning house fire in Chandler Friday.
Fire crews had their work cut out for them when they were called to the neighborhood of McQueen and Ray roads shortly before 6 a.m.
Firefighters were greeted by a wall of flames large enough that they were concerned about keeping the fire contained to a single home.
Firefighters were able to knock down those flames, but it was quite a battle.
While it’s not clear how it happened, one firefighter injured his back while pulling hose inside the burning home.
"It's probably more a strain-type injury," explained Chief Darren Missen of the Chandler Fire Department.
That firefighter was taken to a local hospital.
In addition, a man who lived in the home hurt his hand while trying to rescue his dogs. He told 3TV's Javier Soto that he was fine but was going to go to urgent care as a precaution.
Both men are expected to recover. It's not clear if the dogs made it out.
The man who injured his hand and his elderly parents were home when the fire broke out. The man’s parents were not injured.
Early indications are that the house is a total loss.
"You could feel it, the heat," said Jim Politano, who shot video of the fire from his own backyard. "You could hear the crackling of the house and wood falling. It was scary."
Investigators have been called to the scene to try and determine what sparked the fire.