2 Phoenix firefighters burned in Glendale house fire

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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Fire Department says two of its firefighters were burned while responding to a fire at an abandoned house Wednesday night.

It happened in the area of 47th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale, near the Phoenix border.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they began searching the home to see if anyone was inside.

The Glendale Fire Department said the two Phoenix firefighters might have been burned in a flashover or by steam after putting water on the flames. The fire is still under investigation.

"Some conditions changed and they got burned pretty significantly tonight," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Mike Billingsley. "It got hot really fast."

They were transported to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, one firefighter has first- and second-degree burns on 15 percent of his body, including his legs, torso, arms and hands. The other firefighter has less severe burns on his face, hands and arms.

"We always approach these situations knowing that there's a certain amount of danger. It's a hazardous occupation," said Ron Hart with the Glendale Fire Department. "However, that's what the community asks of us and that we will risk our own lives to save others."

Billingsley described the two firefighters as professional and said the department is proud to have them.

"It's really hard to be at a station or be out on the streets running calls after an event like this," he said. "Our thoughts are constantly with them."

The cause of the fire is not yet known.