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Child injured in Oro Valley house fire

Battalion Chief Josh Hurguy with the Golder Ranch Fire District says firefighters were called to the home, located in the 400 block of West Klinger Canyon, just after 11:00 a.m.

Child injured in Oro Valley house fire

By Taylor Higgins. CREATED Mar 12, 2014

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A child was injured during a house fire that started late Wednesday morning in Oro Valley.

Battalion Chief Josh Hurguy with the Golder Ranch Fire District says firefighters were called to the home, located in the 400 block of West Klinger Canyon

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a house with smoke and flames billowing from the front of the house, Hurguy said.

Crews worked quickly to extinguish the flames and cut a hole in the roof to ventilate the smoke, according to Hurguy.

A short time later, firefighters learned that a child suffered burns and smoke inhalation during the fire.

Paramedics flew the boy to University of Arizona Medical Center for treatment, Hurguy said.

Oro Valley Police also responded to the scene. Investigators soon learned that the child had been rescued from the house by a landscaping crew working in the neighborhood, who heard banging on the front window, according to Hurguy.

The landscapers used a shovel to break the window and free the child, Hurguy said.

Investigators with Golder Ranch Fire and the Oro Valley Police Department are still investigating what caused the fire.

Hurguy wishes to remind the community to take the appropriate steps to minimize the chance of a fire or injuries occurring from them in homes. He recommends that everyone have properly installed smoke detectors and fire extinguishers available in the house.

He also recommends establishing and practicing EDITH - Exit Drills In The Home - just in case a fire does occur.

For more information on these and other safety tips, please visit our website at www.grfdaz.gov.