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House fire displaces family of four on the south side

Posted at 2:59 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 19:24:06-05

A family of four has been displaced after a fire damaged their home in the 200 block of West Ohio Street. 

Capt. Barrett Baker of Tucson Fire says multiple calls were made to 9-1-1 reporting heavy black smoke from what appeared to be the rear of the home. 

As crews arrived on scene they found that a power line came down in the rear of the home which prevented firefighters from getting to the area of the fire. 

Baker says the fire was burning a shed as well as possessions in a patio area on the outside of home but spreading into the attic from the side and rear of the home.

Firefighters extinguished as much of the fire as they could safely do while they waited for Tucson Electric Power to arrive to secure the electricity. 

Additional crews entered home that no one was inside the home. 

Baker says a ladder crew went to the roof to cut a hole as the fire had spread into the attic space. 

Once the hole was cut, firefighters were able to place a nozzle in the hole and extinguish the flames. 

Nine units consisting of 23 firefighters responded to the scene and controlled the fire 26 minutes after arriving. 

Baker says there were no injuries reported by the firefighters.

The fire displaced four people; a 44-year-old man, a 43-year-old woman, a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl. 

The family did not require assistance from the Red Cross as they said they could stay elsewhere. 

Baker says initial indications were that the fire started on the outside of the home. Fire investigators were still working to determine the cause. 

There is no estimate on damages at this time.