House fire on southside displaces three people

Taylor Higgins

The Tucson Fire Department responded to a house in fire in the 1100 block of east Kentucky Street, near Park and Irvington Road just after 9:00 a.m.

House fire on southside displaces three people

CREATED Sep. 28, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A man smelled smoke while he was taking a shower and discovered that the back of his house was engulfed in flames.

Capt. Christopher Jurvig with the Tucson Fire Department tells KGUN9 that firefighters responded to a house in fire in the 1100 block of east Kentucky Street, near Park and Irvington Road just after 9:00 a.m.

Heavy smoke and high flames made it hard for firefighters to search the home, according to Jurvig. Crews cut a hole in the roof to help remove the smoke and cool down the house.

Firefighters then found two dogs in a small enclosure in the backyard that was close to the flames, Jurvig said.

Firefighters cooled down the dogs and put out the flames within 20 minutes, according to Jurvig.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was caused by a malfunction with the water heater, Jurvig said.

Three people were living in the home, which is now a total loss. Jurvig says the dogs are going to be fine.

The residents declined help from Red Cross.  

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