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Carport fire kills several animals

Posted at 1:05 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 19:20:52-04

Several animals were killed after Tucson Fire responded to a carport fire in the 5800 block of E. 18th Street.

A dog and a cat died in the fire, another cat is still missing while a third cat survived the fire.

Captain Barrett Baker with TFD says firefighters arrived to a fully involved carport fire which quickly spread to the attic.

Baker says a neighbor pounding on the door alerted the resident that her home was on fire.

Responding firefighters immediately pulled hose lines to the carport area to extinguish the flames while additional units entered the home to conduct a search.

Firefighters found one cat during the search and attempted to resuscitate the cat with oxygen but were unsuccessful.

The fire had spread into the attic of the home which prompted a ladder crew to perform an attic reset, a technique in which a nozzle with a sharp point is placed in the attic after piercing through the roof from above.

The attic reset quickly extinguished flames in the attic and the fire in the carport was extinguished as well.

Firefighters continued searching for the remaining pets and found the resident's dog deceased. 

Baker says the cat that is missing is presumed to be dead.

In total, nine units and 23 firefighters responded to the scene and controlled the fire 19 minutes after arriving.

Baker says Red Cross was responding to assist the residents, a woman in her 70's, a woman in her 50's and a man in his 50's. 

Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause and origin of the fire. 

The heaviest damage from the fire initially appears to be in the carport area.

Baker says Building Safety/Code Enforcement was also on scene and the house was to be condemned due to the heavy fire damage.