Northwest Firefighters responded to a fire this morning that left two occupants unharmed, but homeless and their family cat is unaccounted for and presumed dead.
The fire was reported to the Northwest Fire District at 9:47 a.m., and the first unit arrived within 3 minutes to find the double wide mobile home 75 percent involved with fire. Crews had a difficult time bringing the fire under control after learning the homeowner stored an excessive amount of personal belongings within the home.
“The fire fuels contributed to the high heat and rapid spread of the fire.” Said Fire Cause Investigator Marie West
Four Engines, a ladder company and a rescue company totaling 22 firefighters brought the blaze under control within an hour.
Investigators believe a candle in the home was the cause of the fire and estimated the structural damage to be $30,000. An estimate of the loss to the contents of the home was not available.
Members of the Northwest Fire District’s Community Assistance Program and the Southern Arizona Red Cross were assisting the occupants and owners with lodging, food and additional supplies that were lost in the fire.