Family of 3 displaced by Midtown house fire
A family of three was displaced by a Midtown house fire Thursday morning, authorities said. No one was injured in the blaze.
A 49 year-old woman, the only one home when the fire started, was awakened by "popping noises," a Tucson Fire Department spokesman said. The home did not have any working alarms.
Fire crews were dispatched at about 7:17 a.m. after multiple calls to 911 reported smoke and flames coming from a house on the corner of North Bryant Avenue and East Pima Street, near North Columbus Avenue, Capt. Barrett Baker said in a news release.
At first, firefighters believed the house was abandoned because passers-by had said that several windows were boarded up. Soon after arriving on scene, however, they were told that the house wasn't vacant, but that a resident had gotten out safely and was with a police officer, Baker said.
A Tucson Police Department officer was driving in the area in the early stages of the fire when he noticed smoke coming from the house. When he arrived at the scene the officer saw a woman standing at the front door. She was trying to get the family dog, "Miss Molly," out of the house, Baker said. They were able to get the dog and move safely away from the house.
TFD crews initially battled the fire from outside the house because of the size of the fire. It took nine units and 23 firefighters about 23 minutes to bring the blaze under control, said Baker.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, he said.
The 49-year-old woman, a 51 year-old man, a 16 year-old boy, and their dog were displaced by the fire. They are being assisted by the Red Cross, Baker said.