Arson investigators looking into a fire in Cave Creek

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A fire broke out on a Cave Creek property and forced neighbors to evacuate. Now, because of a dispute between people living on the property, arson investigators are now involved. 

Firefighters were called out to the area near 56th Street and Cave Creek Road on around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The flames destroyed a two-story barn house and an RV, Rural/Metro Fire said. The main house was saved.

The nearby homes were evacuated but no other homes were damaged. 

"There was quite a bit of debris around those structures themselves, several outbuildings, stuff that been there probably for years, along with lots of dead brush, dead trees," said Shawn Gilleland with Rural Metro.

Firefighters said it was "an intense battle" against the wind especially because of the dry conditions and dead brush and debris that fueled the fire. It burned roughly 5 acres of brush. There were also reports of explosions.

"It's definitely possible, propane tanks on the RV, I did see one of those on there, along with tires and other things out there that will do the same thing," Gilleland said. 

Firefighters with the Scottsdale and Phoenix fire departments helped out Rural/Metro with the flames.

The homeowner was treated for smoke inhalation.

Gilleland said there was a dispute going on between some of the people who lived on the property.

"I know they were having some issues with the renters at the time, according to the gentleman who lives with them there were some proceedings going on," Gilleland said.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said arson investigators now have the case.

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