Tucson firefighters respond to early morning carport fire

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Tucson firefighters respond to early morning carport fire

CREATED Sep. 14, 2012

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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A carport fire spread, leaving a family of four temporarily without a home. 

Tucson firefighters received a call from a resident who said his carport was on fire around 1:40 a.m. Friday, according to Capt. Jeff Langejans with the Tucson Fire Department. Another call came in from a neighbor who said that both the house and the carport were on fire. 

Langejans tells KGUN9 that crews responded to the 2000 block of west Calle Campana De Plata four minutes after the 9-1-1 calls were made. 

Firefighters quickly got to work cutting a hole in the roof to ventilate the structure. According to Langejans, this allowed the smoke and fire gases to escape, making it easier for crews to visibly inspect the interior of the home. 

The primary search was all clear and firefighters were able to suppress flames coming from the front room of the home.   

A father and his three children, ages ten, nine and three have been displaced until repairs are made to the house. The homeowner also lost two vehicles in the fire, one being a historical jeep, but no injuries resulted in the fire. 

The fire started in the carport and was stopped in the front room of the house. Damages are estimated at 60,000 dollars and the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

The home did not have a working smoke alarm.

TFD reminds residents that sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or with smoke alarms that are non-functional. Fire alarms should be checked every month and batteries should be changed once a year.