High winds push house fire; woman taken to hospital

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- An elderly woman had to be taken to the hospital after her home was destroyed by a fire on Sunday afternoon.

The flames sparked in a neighborhood just three blocks from the Arizona State Capitol building.

High winds made firefighters nervous about flames jumping to neighboring houses in the Woodland Historic District.  Fire dispatch made the fire a high priority call and crews arrived on scene quickly to douse the flames that had engulfed most of the home.

Meanwhile, neighbors helped the elderly victim out of the home and she was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene before emergency responders took her to the hospital as a precaution.  She was released from the hospital after only a couple hours.

A Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson said the victim was the one who called 911 to report her home being on fire.  Neighbors also saw the flames and called emergency responders.

“It wasn't a big flame at first.  It smelled like someone burning garbage and by the time we looked down… [my daughter] ran up to call 911, the whole front of the house was engulfed,” said Catherine Moseley, who was walking her daughter’s dog when the two saw flames. “So very scary.  Frightening how fast it happened.”

Fire inspectors are still investigating to find a cause.