No one hurt in two-alarm Phoenix house fire

No one was hurt in a two-alarm fire that burned through the entryway and portions of the attic space in a Phoenix home late Thursday.

Crews from Jackson County Fire District No. 5 first responded to the blaze, reported at 8:52 p.m. in the 100 block of South B Street. Fire officials said the home is believed to be a rental. The first crews on scene saw flames coming from the front entry and roofline.

"At that point, we decided to upgrade it to two alarms," said Capt. Tony Halley.

Engines from Medford Fire-Rescue and Ashland Fire & Rescue joined Fire District 5, bringing a total of seven vehicles. Halley said a family lived in the home — how many members is not known — but that everyone and all pets made it out safely, though there were initial concerns that some pets were still inside.

"There were quite a few people," Halley said.

Fire officials said it took crews about eight minutes to get the flames under control. Crews had to remain on scene for hours afterward, as flames had crept into the attic space, with many spots for them to reignite. Firefighters also cut holes in the roof to vent the smoke.

"This was just a matter of checking for extension in the walls and the ceiling," Halley said.

The home suffered smoke and water damage throughout, along with damaged eaves, entryway and attic space because of the flames. Halley doesn't believe the structure is a total loss, however. A dollar amount for total damages has not yet been established. The fire's cause remains under investigation, but fire officials said it doesn't appear to be suspicious in nature.

The home's occupants are staying at a motel, Halley said.

— Ryan Pfeil


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