Family of 5 escapes early morning house firePosted: Updated:
A family of five is lucky to be alive after a fire ripped through its Tolleson home early Friday morning.
It happened at about 2:30 a.m. in the neighborhood southeast of El Mirage and Lower Buckeye roads, near the border between Tolleson and Avondale.
Firefighters believe the fire started in the garage and then quickly spread to the roof and from there, to the back of the house.
The family was able to get out safely before firefighters arrived on the scene, which happened within less than 5 minutes of receiving the 911 call.
[SLIDESHOW: From the scene]
[WATCH: Cellphone video of the fire]
Jaclyn Warren, a neighbor of the family, sent us photos from the scene. One of them showed flames shooting high up into the air.
"When we got here, the fire was coming through the roof, which makes it not a safe structure for us to enter so we fought the fire from the outside," Battalion Chief Justin Ernst of the Avondale & Medical Department said.
Not being able to attack the flames from inside the house can make the situation challenging for crews.
"We train for this and we know what to do; we’ve done it enough times," Ernst said.
Firefighters managed to keep the fast-moving flames from spreading to neighboring homes. It took crews more than 30 minutes to knock down the fire, according to Justin Ernst of the Avondale & Medical Department.
"We were able to contain the fire to the house of origin," Ernst said.
Investigators are working to determine what sparked the fire.
Ernst said it's not clear if the house was equipped with working smoke detectors.
No injuries were reported.
Tow truck now on scene clearing fire-damaged cars. Crisis response is also responding. pic.twitter.com/9BkQktSpcX— Marc Liverman (@MarcLiverman) February 3, 2017
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