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Two displaced after house fire near downtown

Posted at 1:40 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 18:35:42-05

Two people were displaced following a house fire near downtown, according to the Tucson Fire Department. 

Multiple calls were made to 9-1-1 before 1:30 p.m. reporting smoke and flames coming from a home in the 500 block of South Santa Rita Avenue, according to Capt. Andrew Skaggs, a spokesman for the department. 

As firefighters got on scene, they reported smoke and flames coming from the eves of the home. 

Crews searched the home and found no occupants but were able to rescue a cat. 

The conditions inside the home alerted firefighters to a fire in the attic. 

Crews used an aerial ladder to access the roof to perform an attic reset. 

Skaggs said the attic reset worked well in extinguishing the fire. 

A total of nine units and 23 firefighters responded to the scene and controlled the fire 25 minutes after arriving. 

There were no injuries reported to the firefighters or the cat. 

Skaggs said the displaced man and a woman in their 40's were going to stay with friends and will receive from the Red Cross. 

Investigators are working to determine the cause. Crews determined the origin of the fire was the attic.

There is not yet an estimate on damages to the home.