Phoenix house fire: One dead, family of 10 homeless after Phoenix house fire

PHOENIX - One man was killed and a family of ten is homeless after a fire sparked at their home near 35th Avenue and McDowell overnight.

Five adults and five children were in the home when the fire erupted. They all escaped without injury.

A man who was staying with the family lost his life. Firefighters found him in a back room of the home.

Fire officials are looking into the possibility that a child may have been playing with a lighter or matches that started the blaze, according to Larry Nunez, Phoenix Fire Department.

Officials are also investigating if the home had working smoke detectors.

The man's name has not been released and the fire is under investigation.

The Red Cross has stepped in to assist the family.

The fire department said the child accused of starting the fire will now likely be referred to the Phoenix Fire Department's Youth Firesetter Intervention Program.

According the fire department,  the program is free for children ages three to seventeen years of age. At least one parent or guardian is required to attend the class but the entire family is encouraged to attend and observe the class.

The class is held on the first Thursday of each month.

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