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House fire in North Orchard Avenue

Posted at 2:52 PM, May 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-07 20:16:41-04

Tucson Fire responded to a house fire in the 2700 block of North Orchard Avenue just after 2:30 p.m., according to Captain Barrett Baker of TFD. 

A neighbor called 9-1-1 after seeing smoke coming from the rear of the home. Firefighters gained entrance into the home through a security door and discovered the home to be heavily charged with smoke. 

The home appeared to be a two-story residence but the second floor was described as a loft with limited access from inside the home. 

The ladder crew cut a hole in the roof to release trapped smoke which improved visibility for the crews fighting the fire. 

TFD says the multiple additions in the home made finding the source of the fire difficult as there were spaces and hidden areas for the fire to spread. 

In total, nine units and 23 firefighters responded to the scene and contained the fire 20 minutes after arriving. 

One resident, a 38-year-old man, was displaced from the fire damage and will be receiving assistance from the Red Cross. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and an estimate on the cost of damages has yet to be determined.