Carport fire displaces 3 on Tucson's southwest-side

Published: Nov. 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Drexel Heights Fire District crews arrived at the 3200 block of West Avenida Obregon, to find two vehicles, a carport and the roof of a house on fire. The call came in around 1 a.m.

Three people were in the residence at the time of the fire and were able to get out safely.  According to Drexel Heights Fire officials a 'popping' noise woke the residents up and alerted them to the fire, as there were no smoke alarms going off in the house. One of the homeowner's said they saw the fire engulfing their truck, from there is spread quickly to the carport and then the roof of the house.

Firefighters were able to put out the flames quickly, but the house was filled with smoke and was deemed unlivable by officials.  According to the release the family declined Red Cross assistance and will be staying with family in the area.

Investigators with Drexel Heights Fire determined the fire began in a truck outside the home, but the cause of the fire is still unknown.  Damages are estimated at $100,000 for the house and smoke damage, both vehicles were considered a total loss.

Drexel Heights Fire District crews would like to remind homeowners that smoke alarms save lives and that the alarms should be tested at least once a month and the batteries replaced once a year. Smoke alarms should also be replaced completely every 10 years.

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