Phoenix firefighter falls from roof while battling house fire

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PHOENIX -- Two people, including a firefighter, were injured in a house fire early Saturday morning.

The firefighter was injured as he became surrounded by flames and fell off the roof of the house.

The home is near 11th Street and Polk Street.

There were reports that people may have been trapped inside the home.

"The conditions were changing very quickly, and there was a high volume of fire," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Mike Billingsley. "They decided to go with a defensive operation and evacuate the building. While the ladder company was exiting the roof, a large volume of fire (came) out of the hole that they had cut as well as around the side of the roof."

Firefighters did rescue a woman from the home who was taken to a hospital.

Verdean Thomas said she woke up in the middle of the night to find her house on fire and couldn't find the door to get out.

"Some of my hair burned," she said.

She thought her son was also trapped in the home, but he made it out safely.

The firefighter was also taken to the hospital. He is in stable condition with minor burn injuries, Billingsley said.

The home was destroyed.

"It was an old microwave that we found and it was plugged in, and I guess something was near it that started it," Thomas said. "We lost everything."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.