A Peoria family escaped without major injury when their garage went up in flames Sunday morning.
The fire broke out around 9:30 a.m. near 85th Avenue and Cactus Road.
Peoria Fire and Medical and Sun City fire crews who responded to the scene found the home's garage fully involved. Heavy flames coming from the garage and extending several feet into the driveway. The smoke plume from the fire could be seen several miles away.
Crews immediately went to work dousing the flames. They took an offensive strategy and knocked the flames down while they began a search and rescue operation to make sure no one was trapped inside the home.
The family, a mother and her three older children, were able to make it out of the home safely. One person was treated for smoke inhalation but was not transported.
Crews were able to keep the fire damage isolated to the garage and attic but these areas were heavily damaged. There was also heavy smoke damage to the interior of the home.
According to the homeowner, one of her teenage children smelled smoke and went to check the garage, when he opened the door, adding oxygen to the smoldering fire, the fire grew rapidly and the family evacuated the home and dialed 911.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it appears accidental at this time. Initial reports indicate that the ignition it may have involved a candle on or near a boat inside the garage.
The homeowners will likely be displaced. The Glendale Crisis Response Team was on scene to assist the family with their needs.