TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A family of six was displaced from their home in the 2200 block of West Painted Sunset Circle after a fire was started by a 10-year-old child on Thursday, June 21.
Several calls were made to 911 reporting smoke and flames from the rear of the home.
Fire investigators arrived on scene and determined that the ten year-old boy set a Christmas tree on fire which then spread to a mattress which was leaning against the house.
Firefighters extinguished the flames but were concerned that the fire spread into the attic due to the amount of smoke coming from the eaves.
The ladder crew on scene was prepared to extinguish any flames in the attic but thermal imaging cameras and a visual inspection of the attic showed that the fire was contained to the exterior and did not spread into the house. Additional crews on scene performed a search of the home to ensure everyone had exited safely.
Nine units and twenty-three firefighters responded to the scene and controlled the fire sixteen minutes after arriving. Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the family.
TFD asks that all families discuss the dangers of lighters and matches and remind kids to never play with either. Also, parents should ensure that lighters/matches are in a secure location that kids can't access.