TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Two elderly people were taken to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries suffered in a house fire on Tucson’s south side on Thursday, July 11. The fire was the second house fire within an hour for Tucson Fire Department crews.
According to information from the Tucson Fire Department, the first fire happened just before 7 a.m. in the 2000 block of West Water Street. The 85-year-old man who lived there was able to escape unharmed after being awakened by a neighbor.
Two people were hurt in the second fire that happened about a half hour later in the 2800 block of East Menor Stravenue, near 36th Street and Forgeus Avenue.
A neighbor told firefighters that the two people lived in the house. Rescuers encountered heavy smoke inside, but were able to quickly find and remove the residents thanks to information about the home’s layout provided by a relative who arrived at the scene.
Investigators are working to determine the cause and origin of both fires.
Two support units (rehab and equipment trucks) were dispatched from Northwest Fire District because TFD’s support units were already dispatched to the Water Street fire.