TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A 64-year-old man and 63-year-old woman are without a home and a pet, after a house fire that took place on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 13.
According to a Tucson Fire Department news release, several calls were made to 911 just before 1 p.m. Thursday, about smoke coming from a house in the 3500 block of North Avenida Albor, on Tucson's west side near Silverbell Road.
TFD crews first on the scene confirmed smoke coming from the single story tiled roof home. Neighbors told firefighters they were not sure if the residents were still inside.
Firefighters did not find the residents at home and with visibility clear inside the home, were concerned that the fire was in the attic space. Crews moved from inside to outside the house to fight the fire, as flames were also now visible.
According to the release as the fire continued to burn, the roof, under the weight of the tiles began to sag and eventually fell into the home.
It took firefighters 45 minutes to contain the fire, after arriving at the scene. No injuries were reported, though TFD learned later that while the two residents were not at home at the time of the fire, their two dogs were. One was able to get out and was safe with neighbors, sadly a second dog was not able to get out and died inside the home.
Family members of the residents responded to the scene and were able to make contact with them. The residents will be staying with family and friends but are receiving assistance from the Red Cross for other essentials such as clothing and medications. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation, according to TFD.