TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A residential fire in midtown took the life of a beloved pet and left two people without a home.
Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 100 block of North Camino del Norte at around 12:00 a.m. Saturday after the resident of the home woke up to loud noises and discovered that the kitchen was on fire, according to Capt. Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department.
Once on scene, crews discovered that the back porch and kitchen area were fully engulfed in flames.
Firefighters quickly got to work dousing the flames and cutting a hole in the roof to allow the smoke to escape, which helped cool the fire, Baker said.
It took more than 20 firefighters to get the fire under control within 10 minutes, according to Baker.
During a search of the home, firefighters learned that two people were living in the home, but one of the residents was not at home when the fire started. The absent resident also had two dogs living in the home, Baker said.
Baker tells KGUN9 that crews rescued one dog from the residence, but the other passed away.
Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire and working to determine the estimated cost of damages.
Baker says the home sustained heavy damage. A building safety inspector responded to the scene to assess the stability of the home.
Baker wishes to remind homeowners and tenants that fatal residential fires frequently occur in the late evening and early morning hours when people are typically asleep. A working smoke alarm can alert you to a fire starting, giving you time to escape the fire without injury and save pets and personal belongings.
No one was injured in this early morning fire, and the Red Cross is not needed at this time, according to Baker.