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Firefighters battle large fire at housing construction site near Tatum Blvd. and Bell Road

Arabella Way Fire
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Posted at 10:06 AM, Aug 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-23 21:50:38-04

PHOENIX — Firefighters battled a second-alarm fire near Tatum Boulevard and Bell Road Sunday morning.

Officials say just before 10 a.m., crews responded to reports of a house fire on Arabella Way.

When they arrived they found multiple houses under construction on fire.

Four homes had significant damage and were considered a total loss due to the fire, fire officials said.

Five homes nearby had significant smoke damage.

The builder, D.R. Horton, issued the following statement Monday: "We are aware of the fire that occurred yesterday in our Arabella community, the cause of which is still under investigation. We are extremely grateful for the crew at Station 37 and all of the other firefighters from the Phoenix Fire Department who responded promptly to the scene and were able to quickly extinguish the fire. Thanks to their timely efforts, no one was hurt, and a limited number of homes were damaged. We plan to proactively communicate with our current and future homeowners in this community as we learn more about the situation. We appreciate their cooperation while we work with the Phoenix Fire Department as they continue their investigation."

No injuries were reported. An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.