On April 28 at about 4:58 a.m., the Tucson Fire Department responded to an early morning fire that left a family of five displaced in the 700 block of West Tennessee Street, near Irvington Road and 12th Avenue.
Residents were alerted to the fire when they heard one of their SUV vehicles horn sounding continuously. This can happen when certain components in the vehicle are exposed to high heat.
Multiple calls were made to 9-1-1 stating that two vehicles and an attached carport were fully involved in flames and that the flames were engulfing the roof as well.
The first engine company arrived on scene and confirmed that a carport was fully involved in flames, as well as the vehicles in front of the carport. Hose lines were immediately pulled to the area to begin extinguishing the flames.
Personnel also went in the house to perform a quick search and ensure everyone was out safely. The first arriving ladder company secured utilities and made their way to the roof. Using a chainsaw the ladder crew cut a hole in the roof and found fire in the attic space near the carport.
By communicating this information with crews interior firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the attic flames and keep the fire from spreading through the house.
Ten units and twenty-six firefighters responded to the scene and controlled the fire within thirteen minutes of arriving.
There were no injuries to firefighters and Red Cross was asked to respond to assist the residents.
All five occupants, including three children, were able to evacuate safely before TFD arrival. The family was also able to get their three dogs out safely.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the damages estimate is still to be determined.
Safety Message: Fatal residential building fires occur most frequently in the late evening and early morning hours, generally when people are asleep. Having a working smoke alarm can alert you and provide you the opportunity to get out safely if a fire were to occur while sleeping.