Fireworks not the cause of Glendale house fire that left firefighter injured

Four people managed to get away unharmed, but a firefighter was hospitalized as a precaution with minor injuries.
Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 6:01 AM MST|Updated: Jun. 1, 2023 at 3:34 PM MST
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GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- After investigating what sparked a large house fire in Glendale on Thursday morning, firefighters say fireworks didn’t ignite the flames. Glendale fire crews said they received additional information and ruled out fireworks as the cause. However, the blaze still left a firefighter hurt.

The Glendale Fire Department tells Arizona’s Family that the fire happened around 2 a.m. near 52nd Avenue and Thunderbird Road. When crews arrived, they developed a defensive strategy because of the limited team available during the fire. During the response, they upgraded it to a first alarm to deploy even more units needed in the firefight. Eyewitness video from the scene showed a house fully engulfed as firefighters worked to put the flames out.

Fire officials previously said that “large illegal aerial fireworks were found across the street and are being investigated as a possible cause.” However, fire crews later confirmed they were unrelated to the fire.

One firefighter was sent to the hospital for a heat-related illness, but is expected to be OK. No other injuries were reported. Four people, all adults, were displaced as the home is now a total loss.

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