Investigators looking to see if mobile home fire is arson

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Gary Strand was sound asleep when his son woke up just before 5 a.m. Saturday. Their mobile home in South Phoenix was on fire. 

Phoenix firefighters arrived on the scene pretty quickly, but flames had quickly spread throughout the home near 24th Street and Southern.

Father and son made it out safely, but a couple of pet cats were lost in the flames.

"All of our household items are destroyed," said Strand as he walked through his burned out mobile home looking for anything to salvage.

He's been renting the place for the past eight years and made it a home for him and his son, Gary Jr.

Strand thinks the fire was set intentionally by a friend of his son who was upset.

Fire investigators are trying to determine how the fire started, and if it was indeed arson.

"At least nobody was hurt. I count my blessings," Strand said. "I still have my health, still have my life."

Despite the ordeal, Strand is trying to stay optimistic and he's determined to rebuild the home.

"God willing, we'll pull through this," he stated.

An account has been set up if you'd like to help out. Go to any Chase Bank and donate to "Gary Strand."