PEORIA, Ariz. – The Peoria Fire Department is warning residents about the danger of burning weeds after two homes caught fire recently.
Every year, Peoria firefighters respond to several fires that are caused by people trying to rid an area of weeds by burning them, according to spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto. Crews encountered two house fires in the last two months that were started by burning weeds.
Jacinto said during one of the fires, the roof collapsed, leaving an elderly couple without a home and placing firefighters at risk.
In both cases, neighbors helped get the residents out of their homes safely.
"Often these fires get into the walls of a home and may not produce visible smoke or flames for up to 30 minutes or more after the weeds have been burned," Jacinto said in a press release. "This often leaves those inside the home unaware of the fire, and gives them little time to get out safely."
Jacinto said while some may consider burning weeds a good way of removing them, the city's fire code prohibits any burning like this.