Phoenix family displaced after house fire; crews battle flames, smoke, live electrical wires

PHOENIX - A Phoenix family has been displaced after their house caught fire and burned Sunday morning.

The Villegas family rushed out of their home near 30th Drive and Hazelwood Street in Phoenix after a fire spread from a bedroom to the entire house.

When crews arrived, heavy flames and smokes were billowing from the house, said Ruben Saavedra, spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department.

Marcos Villegas, 15, was alerted by his younger brother that a fire had started in the bedroom they share.

The brothers said they tried to pour water on the flames and fan it out with a towel but two mattresses caught fire, flames quickly spreading to the roof.

"My biggest concern was to get everybody out and make sure my family was safe," Villegas said.

Once the brothers informed their parents and older brother, Marcos made the call to 911.

The fire spread to a vehicle located near the house, as well as to a shed in the backyard. The home and almost everything inside was destroyed.

Fire crews encountered live electrical wires in the backyard, as well as a free burning gas meter, Saavedra said. Firefighters were able to eliminate the hazards, as well as put out the fire.

Marcos said now his family is faced with starting over after being in that home for more than a decade.

"It was just sad, we worked so hard to get everything and now we have nothing," he said.

No one was injured in the blaze.

The family will stay with relatives until other arrangements can be made. The Red Cross did step in to help the family with toiletries and other essentials.

Saavedra said they do not know the cause of the fire, but it is under investigation.

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