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Family of 4 displaced by NW-side house fire

Published: Jun. 5, 2015 at 6:53 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 19, 2015 at 6:53 PM MST
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All the pets in the home - a dog, four cats and two birds - were safely recovered. (Source:...
All the pets in the home - a dog, four cats and two birds - were safely recovered. (Source: Tucson News Now)
A house in the 9400 block of North Albatross Drive shows heavy fire damage on June 5. (Source:...
A house in the 9400 block of North Albatross Drive shows heavy fire damage on June 5. (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A family of four was displaced when their house on the northwest side was damaged by fire on Friday afternoon.

According to Northwest Fire Department Capt. Adam Goldberg, the fire is believed to have started in a garage in the 9400 block of North Albatross Drive, near West Linda Vista Boulevard and North Hartman Lane.

Neighbors reported hearing an explosion in the garage at about 2:30 p.m.

The fire spread from the garage to the second floor attic area of the home.

Incident commanders ordered all firefighters out of the building after the garage roof collapsed, and fire crews used a defensive attack, extinguishing the fire from the exterior of the building.

No residents were injured in the fire and all their pets - a dog, four cats and two birds - were safely recovered.

Initial damages are estimated to be $65,000. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

The fire cause is listed as undetermined because Northwest Fire's fire cause investigator was unable to enter the garage. The building's structural instability was deemed unsafe for investigators to work inside the garage area to locate the source and cause of the fire.

Four adults lived in the home and are being assisted by the Northwest Fire District's Community Assistance Program and the Red Cross.

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