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Two women found dead Tempe inside home after fire; cause of fire remains under investigation

Deadly Tempe house fire
Posted at 5:24 AM, Oct 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-12 08:23:06-04

TEMPE, AZ — Two women are dead after a home caught fire early Monday morning in Tempe, according to the Tempe Fire Department.

Multiple firefighters and fire departments responded to the house fire around 2 a.m. near Southern Avenue and Priest Drive, officials said.

When firefighters arrived, the fire could be seen coming out of all windows of the home, a spokesperson for the Tempe Fire Department said.

Officials said two adult women were found dead inside the home after the fire was put out. Their identities have not yet been released.

Early Monday, officials said the preliminary investigation found that the home had no working smoke detectors.

On Monday afternoon, the City of Tempe said in a news release that fire investigators have ruled out a natural gas line leak as a possible cause of the fire. However, the exact cause remains under investigation.

Some neighbors reported hearing a loud boom or explosion prior to the fire.

"Fire Investigators continue to work on scene and are following several leads to determine the cause of the fire," the city's news release said.