PFD: Strong odor of natural gas detected following north Phoenix house fire

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(Source: Phoenix Fire Department) (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Phoenix Fire Department is investigating a house fire that occurred in north Phoenix late Saturday night. 

At around 11:00 p.m., fire crews responded to a house fire near 19th Avenue and Union Hills Drive.

According to Phoenix fire, when their crews arrived on the scene, they found the single-story structure engulfed in flames.

Phoenix fire's strategy was later declared defensive meaning firefighters fought the fire from the exterior as nothing was viable on the interior due to the amount of fire.

After 20 minutes of extinguishment operations, a strong odor of natural gas was detected and hazmat teams confirmed the presence of gas with a meter, according to Phoenix fire officials.

Southwest Gas also responded to address the gas situation.

Neighbors told investigators that the house had been vacant for several weeks.

Phoenix fire officials are investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

No injuries were reported. 

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