Police officer aids in evacuation of burning Tucson home

2014-06-12T14:14:00Z 2014-06-12T14:14:48Z Police officer aids in evacuation of burning Tucson homeKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 12, 2014 2:14 pm  • 

A woman and her dog were able to escape a fire this morning after the resident was awakened by “popping noises” and found her northside house in flames, a fire official said.

Crews were dispatched at 7:17 a.m. to the home in the 4200 block of East Pima Street at North Bryant Avenue, after multiple calls were made to 911 reporting smoke and flames coming from the red-brick home.

“Fire crews responding confirmed a large column of smoke in the area as they neared the scene,” Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said in a news release. “The first crew on scene arrived three minutes after being dispatched and made the decision to fight the fire defensively, or from the exterior, due to the amount of fire involvement.”

Even before firefighters arrived, a Tucson police officer driving in the area, saw the smoke and went to investigate.

“He went to the scene … and saw the resident standing at the front door. She was trying to get the family dog, Miss Molly. They were able to get the pet and safely move away from the home,” Baker said.

Nine units and 23 firefighters responded to the incident and had the blaze under control within 23 minutes.

A 51-year-old man, a 49-year-old woman and 16-year-old boy were displaced. The house did not have working smoke alarms, Baker said.

“Working smoke alarms are imperative in the home,” Baker said. “More than half of residential fire deaths occur in fires that start between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. and having that early notification can provide valuable time to get out safely.”

The cause of the fire is under investigaiton and an estimate of damage has yet to be determined, Baker said.

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