Investigators search for cause in Phoenix house fire

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Firefighters say a west Phoenix home is a total loss after a fire broke out Wednesday morning.

The initial call to firefighters came from a Phoenix police officer who was patrolling near 73rd Avenue and Holly, when he spotted smoke pouring from the home.

The officer went up to the front door and found  two teenage boys, ages 12 and 18, inside the home. They were able to get out safely. At one point, the boys were afraid the family dog was still inside the burning house, but the animal was later found safe.

Phoenix fire crews battled the flames and brought the blaze under control, but the fire still managed to consume most of the roof and the back half of the property. The smoke was so intense inside the home that crews had to scale the roof twice to cut two holes in the shingles for ventilation. That helped firefighters get the upper hand.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.