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Police: 4 die in Glendale house fire, family tried to escape

Posted at 3:36 AM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 20:13:22-04

A family of four is dead after an early morning fire ripped through a Glendale home.

The fire was reported around 1:30a.m. on Wednesday morning. Fire crews from Glendale and Phoenix responded to the home near 51st and Peoria avenues.

Officials found a mother and three children inside the home. Officials said it looked as if the family was trying to escape, as they were not found in their beds. One tried to get out through the front of the house while two others tried escaping from the back during the flames. After the flames were extinguished, police found a fourth body in the rubble. 

The first crews on the scene reported flames shooting through the roof; the fire is believed to have started in the back of the house. 

Early this morning, investigators confirmed at least four people died in the fire. Officials said the woman, in her 40s, was found along with a young girl and two young boys. 

Officials said the heat from the home was "one of the hottest they've been on." 

The area around the home is surrounded by crime scene tape as investigators work to figure out what sparked the fire.