North Phoenix house fire displaces residents, firefighter taken to hospital

The Phoenix Fire Department said a firefighter suffered minor injuries Sunday afternoon after responding to a house fire in North Phoenix.

PHOENIX — A Phoenix firefighter was taken to hospital with minor injuries Sunday after responding to a destructive house fire near Tatum Boulevard and Pinnacle Peak Road.

The Phoenix Fire Department said firefighters were dispatched to a double mobile home around 1 p.m.

The house fire had already begun to spread to another nearby unit as firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames. Phoenix Fire said both fires were quickly brought under control and their cause is currently unknown.

Initial reports indicate that workers were carrying out maintenance work on one of the properties before the fire.

Phoenix Fire said no other injuries were reported and two people were displaced as a result of the blaze. They receive help from the Red Cross.

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Prevention of home fires:

The Arizona Fire & Medical Authority has released tips on how to prevent fires from starting in your home.

More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and about 25,000 are injured,” the authority said on its website. “An overwhelming number of fires are occurring in the home.”

First, the authority says every home must have at least one working smoke alarm. Every floor of the house and every bedroom should be equipped with a working smoke alarm to provide the best protection.

Appliances should also be used in the manner recommended by the manufacturers, as overheating, short circuits and sparks can all cause a fire.

Finally, families should have an escape plan for every room in the house.

“Warn everyone to stay low to the ground when escaping from a fire and never open hot doors,” the authority said. “Choose a place where everyone can meet after escaping the house. Get out and then call for help.

The authority offers free home security inspections. Schedule one with them by calling 623-544-5400.

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