Man thinks house was burgalized, set on fire

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jan 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-17 20:48:21-05

Arson investigators are trying to figure out what caused an explosion at a Phoenix home on January 13th, which left a young resident without a roof over his head and questions left unanswered. 

The home is located on 19th Avenue and Indian School Road, and Andre Nicholes, 18, rents out the property. 

He tells ABC15 that investigators said there was a gas leak in the home.

The home went up in flames after neighbors reported hearing an explosion. No one was home and no one was hurt, but the fire engulfed the home and destroyed it.

The 18-year-old who rents the home and lives on his own said he believes the house was burglarized before it caught on fire, citing a neighbor who saw two cars in the driveway before the explosion. 

"She just stated that they were there, and that about two or three minutes afterwards she looked back and they were gone and she just heard the big kaboom," he said. 

Nicholes said his home "literally exploded" and although he's noticed break-ins popping up in his neighborhood he's not seen any homes lit on fire. 

He said he was not aware there was a gas leak at his home, but was informed by officials at the scene. 

The property owner told ABC15 that's he's likely going to have to rebuild. Nicholes said the home is inhabitable and is set to be demolished. 

Phoenix police and firefighters say this incident is still under investigation.