Neighbors try to help victim, dogs in PHX fire

Posted at 6:01 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 07:29:12-05

A man in his 60s suffered life-threatening burns to his face and upper body as a result of a Tuesday afternoon fire at the victim's home, near 39th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.

Neighbor Michael Aguirre tried to put out the flames with a hose before firefighters arrived.

"The water was evaporating before it touched the house, that's how hot it was," Aguirre said.

"We were fifteen feet away, it was like touching the sun almost."

While no one but the man was hurt, a dog died in the fire, according to firefighters.

Another neighbor, Jonathan Bowman, jumped a fence to the victim's back yard and was able to save another dog.

"That's what you do," Bowman said. "You just jump in to help, do whatever you can."

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze.

The home was burned throughout; a motorhome and SUV in the driveway were also damaged.