Fire damages man's home of 43 years in Phoenix

Posted at 4:16 AM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 10:38:00-04

A man and his grandson have been displaced after a house fire damaged their home of more than four decades in Phoenix.

The fire happened near Central and Southern avenues shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday. 

Phoenix Fire says the homeowner reported the smoke detector alarm woke him up. He went to the front of the home to get his shoes and realized the front portion of his home was on fire. He was able to exit the home safely through the back of the house and call 9-1-1.

The resident attempted to douse the fire with water from the garden hose before the fire department arrived. The fire spread to the attic and throughout the rest of the home before firefighters were able to put the blaze out.

The homeowner and his grandson will be displaced due to extensive damage to the home. The grandson was at work at the time of the fire.

The homeowner told firefighters he had lived in the home since 1973.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.