Family escapes Phoenix mobile home fire

PHOENIX - A firefighter was injured while battling a mobile home fire in Phoenix early Tuesday morning.

Several family members got out safely when the fire broke out at the home near 31st Avenue and Van Buren Street around 1:30 a.m., according to Phoenix fire Capt. Larry Nunez.

The firefighter was injured when he was shocked by a live electrical wire. He was taken to a Valley hospital where he was being evaluated. He is in stable condition, Nunez said.

The mobile home was a total loss and the family has to find somewhere else to stay. They are being helped by the Red Cross. One family member told an ABC15 crew they will have to remove what's left of the mobile home and start from scratch with a new one.

Family members say most of their belongings were destroyed, but they were happy to be alive. They were sleeping when one woke up and smelled smoke.

He yelled at the others to wake up and get out of the house.

They also said two pet birds died in the fire, but two dogs are okay.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Nunez said it appears to have started at the back of the trailer.

Family members said they think it was an electrical shortage near the kitchen.

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