Attic fire displaces 11 children, four adults

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- An attic fire Monday evening displaced 11 children and four adults.

The home that caught on fire is near 54th Avenue and Thomas. Firefighters says the fire started in the home's attic just before 8:00 p.m.

Fire crews arrived on scene in less than four minutes and found heavy smoke coming from the home. Crews advanced hose lines and searched the house for victims while extinguishing the flames. 

Thankfully no one was hurt, and the 11 kids and four adults in the house were able to exit safely.

After speaking with the family, fire officials say it appears that the home did not have smoke detectors.

"We are very fortunate that this outcome is not worse," says Phoenix Fire Captain Ruben Saavedra. "No working smoke detectors. We've got to emphasize how important it is to have detectors. You have 11 children and four adults in this house."

We're told the adults are reaching out to family members for a place to stay. The Phoenix Fire Crisis Response team is also on scene assisting the displaced family.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.