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Fire displaces two residents, exotic birds unharmed

Ina Ronquillo

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Fire displaces two residents, exotic birds unharmed

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Aug 31, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two people and several exotic birds have been displaced after a fire broke out in a home on Saturday morning.

Capt. Barrett Baker tells KGUN9 that crews responded to the 2900 block of East 19th Street around 9 a.m. on Saturday morning after receiving multiple 911 calls.

The resident of the home was able to get out safely and also able to evacuate with multiple exotic birds that were inside the home.

The resident stated he was using a kitchen appliance when he left the room, said Baker. He came back to the kitchen and stated it was on fire.

When crews arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke in the area.

Eight units and twenty-two firefighters were able to control the fire within sixteen minutes of arriving, said Baker.

No injuries were reported in this case.

The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation as investigators have not gone into the home yet due to the toxic gases that were still in the home, said Baker. Building Safety was en route to the scene to determine if the home would be deemed inhabitable.

Tucson Fire would like to remind the public to never jeopardize your own safety to try and rescue animals.  Get out and stay out and advise firefighters when they arrive on scene as to what type and how many animals are inside.

Ina Ronquillo

Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.