FD: Phoenix house fire fueled by dead vegetation

PHOENIX - Authorities say crews battled a stubborn fire fueled by dead brush and debris around a house near 7th Street and Baseline Road on Tuesday.

Phoenix fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra said firefighters responded to the fire around 9 a.m. where they found smoke coming from the roof and fire in the back exterior wall and attic.

Saavedra said the house appears to be vacant and the cause is suspicious and currently being investigated.

Firefighters noted dead brush and debris near the exterior wall where a majority of the fire was located.

Saavedra warned that winter and spring rains result in increased vegetation around the Valley and as the plants dry out, they become a serious fire risk.

He offered these tips to keep your landscaping in fire-wise condition:

  • Keep weeds and grass cut. The Phoenix City Code prohibits grass in excess of six inches and weeds over twelve inches.
  • Remove dead and piled up vegetation, and dispose of it properly.
  • Properly dispose of trash and debris. Piles of refuse such as old furniture, boxes and pallets are fires waiting to happen. Even old cars can burn!
  • Stack firewood away from structures, fences or anything else that may be combustible.
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