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Tucson firefighters spray down a home near El Rio Golf Course. Friday's midday fire left the home a total loss, and one person suffered burns that were not life-threatening.


A west-side house fire Friday afternoon destroyed the structure and left one person with non-life-threatening injuries.

Neighbors called 911 at about 12:45 p.m., reporting the carport of the home in the 1400 block of North Hualpai Road, near El Rio Golf Course, was fully engulfed in flames, Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to a neighboring house by extinguishing a burning tree and fence, he said. They then entered the burning home but soon came out when the roof became unstable.

Some 24 firefighters worked on the blaze, which took more than 20 minutes to control.

One person was taken to a hospital with non-life- threatening burns, Baker said.

Neither the cause nor the origin of the fire has been determined. The house was a total loss, but Baker did not know the estimated cost of the damage.