Phoenix Fire: North Phoenix home a total loss after massive fire

- A large home near 67th Avenue and Happy Valley Road caught fire around 11 p.m. on Friday night.

A Phoenix Fire Captain is saying the home is a total loss.

It was a 7,000 square foot home on 2,000 acres, and the owner said it had just sold.

It took 40 firefighters about four hours until the fire was completely out. Thankfully, no one was inside the home at the time.

"When we showed up on scene, the house was going. It was a full-envolved fire," said Rob McDade, a Captain with the Phoenix Fire Department.

Fireifthers were makign sure no one was inside the home when McDade made a potentially life-saving call by telling all firefighters to get out of the house.

"The roof collapsed in multiple areas and that's dangerous for firefighters," McDade said.

The fire was under control by 3 a.m.

Cpt. McDade says the owner showed up with family and said he hadn't been living there.

"They showed up alter and said they recently sold the home and was just getting ready to transfer the title to the owner in a matter of days," McDade said.

The owner told investigators he threw some towels in the dryer after cleaning up a bit and taking off for the night.

The house was mostly empty except minimal furniture.

"When you show up after dispatch and the entire house is going, you say to yourself, 'How the heck did that entire house get going that fast?' So obviously some questions to be answered," McDade said.

McDade says investigators are looking into the cause of the fire and they haven't ruled anything out.


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