A west side house was destroyed by fire this morning leaving a mother and daughter without a home.

The woman, who was at the home with a friend, called 911 just before 10:30 a.m. to report a fire that started in the bedroom of the home in the 2800 block of South Cottonwood Lane between West Silverlake Road and West Ajo Way.

“Crews responding reported heavy black smoke in the area and the first crew on scene advised other units that the house was 50 percent involved in flames as they arrived,” Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said in a news release.

“Additional crews arrived on scene and staffed additional hose lines inside due to the amount of fire. The ladder crew on scene controlled the utilities and then cut a ventilation hole in the roof with chainsaws to allow the smoke and gases to escape,” Baker said.

Seven units and 20 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. It took them 19 minutes to bring the fire under control.

A man who was visiting the home when the fire broke out “suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation while trying to get things out of the house prior to the arrival of TFD units,” Baker said. He had minor burns and smoke inhalation, but did not want medical treatment.

“Possessions can be replaced, but people cannot. When a fire breaks out, it is imperative

The cause of the fire is under investigation and Baker did not have a cost estimate for the damage, but the house is a total loss, he said.