3 Vehicles destroyed in garage fire; family displaced

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – A family is OK after a fire ripped through their house while they were home with their pets Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters believe the fire started in the garage after the residents heard what they thought was a battery exploding.

A mother and her four kids, ranging in age from 11 to 18, were home with their four dogs and two rabbits.

Crews from Phoenix, Avondale, Tolleson and Goodyear responded to the home near 99th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road and found three vehicles on fire and the garage completely engulfed in flames.

The mother and her kids were able to get out of the home safely and let the dogs out, but firefighters had to go back in to get the rabbits.

Crews contained the fire to the garage, but significant smoke damage was found throughout the two-story home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

"Right now everything is leaning towards an accidental fire that started in the garage area," said Capt. Ruben Saavedra with the Phoenix Fire Department. "The homeowners are indicating that they had a battery-operated remote control car. They were charging that in there and there's a possibility that that got overheated and exploded in there."

No one was injured.

The American Red Cross is helping the family with food and shelter. Neighbors have offered to help the family with their pets.