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5-year-old lights mattress on fire

Posted at 5:43 AM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 17:50:46-05

A 5-year-old playing with a lighter started the blaze on Friday morning. The family of seven who lived there was left without a home.

According to Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker, crews were dispatched to the fire, in the 6000 block of East 21st Street, at 8:51 a.m.

Crews found heavy smoke coming from a bedroom window. Firefighters cut a hole in the roof with a chainsaw and pulled a hose line through the window to put out the fire. 

A man and women in their 40's, a man and woman in their 20's, a 5-year-old boy and two girls under the age of two were evacuated.

Investigators determined the 5-year-old started the blaze by lighting a mattress on fire.

The woman in her 20's was treated for smoke inhalation, said Baker.

Red Cross is assisting the family.