Sep 28, 2013 3:07 PM by Scott Oathout
TUCSON- Three people are displaced after a house fire Saturday morning.
Tucson Fire Captain Chris Jurvig says a resident in the 1100 block of East Kentucky Street called 9-1-1 just after 9 a.m., after finding the back of his house engulfed in flames.
The first arriving units entered the house, but encountered high heat and heavy smoke.
Another crew cut a hole in the roof of the house to allow the heat and smoke to escape.
A search of the house found nobody else inside, but two dogs were in an enclosed yard behind the house. Jurvig says the dogs were near the hottest part of the fire.
Firefighters kept a hose line between the dogs and the fire, while cooling off the dogs and moving them away from the house. The dogs were unharmed during the fire.
It took firefighters 17 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Jurvig says the residence is a total loss, with damage estimates at $60,000.
The cause of the fire was an unspecified malfunction in the water heater.