UPDATE: 2 families displaced, 1 dog dies in house fire on the west side

Published: May. 31, 2017 at 2:32 PM MST|Updated: May. 31, 2017 at 3:12 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two families are displaced and a family pet is dead, after a fire in one house spreads to a neighboring house.

According to a news release from the Tucson Fire Department several 911 calls were made reporting smoke and flames coming from a house in the 4100 block of North Iroquois Avenue on the west side.

When TFD crews arrived on scene they found one house with visible flames and spreading to a home nearby.  An additional alarm was called when firefighters saw the second home on fire as well.

TFD was able to enter the homes and determine that no one was inside at the time of the fires, all residents were able to get out safely.  According to the release crews rescued three dogs, and an attempt was made on a fourth dog, but efforts were unsuccessful.

It took 40 firefighters 23 minutes to control both fires, after arriving on the scene.

No injuries to firefighters or residents were reported, according to the news release.

The Red Cross was called to help the displaced families.  No word yet on what caused the fire or the extent of the damage.

Witnesses said the homes and palm trees were burning and black smoke could be seen for several miles.

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