House fire displaces family of 6

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- A family of six is displaced after their home caught fire Sunday morning.

Firefighters were called to a house fire in the area of 46th Street and Southern Avenue, near the Tempe-Phoenix border, around 10:40 a.m.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan said when the first unit arrived on scene, firefighters found a medium-sized house with heavy fire and smoke. The Tempe unit deployed attack lines to battle the flames and began searching for occupants.

"It doesn't matter if someone says that everybody's out," Santillan said. "We still go inside. ... We still perform that search and rescue."

Santillan said the grandfather was the only person home at the time. He told firefighters he was in the shower when he smelled smoke. He opened the bathroom door and was met by heavy smoke, but he was able to evacuate unharmed.

A pet also escaped, Santillan said.

The other two adults and the three children who live at the home were at the grocery store at the time.

Santillan said there was extensive damage to the home's interior.

The Phoenix Fire Department Crisis Response Team and the American Red Cross are assisting the family.

"Right now our thoughts are with this family. We're going to try to find them some shelter, try to find those kids somewhere to stay," Santillan said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.