Garage fire intentionally set during attempted burglary?

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PHOENIX – Investigators are trying to determine if an early morning fire is connected to a burglary at a Phoenix home early Monday morning.

It happened at about 4:30 a.m. in the neighborhood just southeast of Seventh Street and Thomas Road.

The fire, which might have been set deliberately, started in a detached garage and spread quickly to the guest house and the back portion of the main house.

The homeowners heard their dog barking, but when they went outside to investigate, they did not see anything unusual. They brought the dog inside, but the animal remained tense and kept barking.

A short time later, the homeowners went outside again. This time, they spotted the flames in the garage and guest house.

Firefighters and investigators saw that some of the family's belongings from the garage and guest house had been strewn all over the yard and thrown over the fence into an alley running along the back of the property.

"It's pretty obvious what had happened out here on this one," said Capt. Scott Walker of the Phoenix Fire Department.

Firefighters managed to get the flames under control relatively quickly and keep them from spreading to nearby homes.

Both the garage and the guest house were destroyed. The damage to the main house was substantial enough that the family of five will not be able to stay there for the time being.

No injuries were reported.

Investigators are trying to piece together what happened and figure out if they are indeed dealing with an arson situation. At this point, police do not have any potential suspects in the apparent attempted burglary.

Anyone with information about Monday morning's incident is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).