Children to blame for southside house fire
CREATED Aug. 12, 2012
Web Producer: Taylor Avey
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two young children were playing with matches inside a bedroom closet when a mattress caught fire and flames suddenly engulfed the bedroom.
Firefighters from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 100 block of west Lerdo Road around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Capt. Barrett Baker with TFD.
Baker says the house belongs to a 27-year-old female and her five children.
The youngest child in the home was a one-year-old and the oldest was an 11-year-old.
No one was injured in the house fire, but Tucson's Red Cross division will be responding to the scene to assist the family.
It took nine units and 21 firefighters from TFD to tackle the fire, which burned for almost 20 minutes before crews were able to stifle the flames.
According to Capt. Baker, firefighters responded to almost 45,000 fires in 2010 that were started by someone, usually a child, playing with fire.
He urges parents to talk with their children about the dangers of playing with matches and lighters.