Friday, December 20, 2013

Puppies perish in overnight house fire

Eight puppies fell victim to an overnight house in Maricopa's Heritage District, late Thursday night.

At approximately 10:15 pm, the Maricopa Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire in the 19000 block of North Condrey Avenue. Once on-scene, crews found a mobile home with smoke coming from the front door of the structure.

Firefighters made their way into the smoke-filled home to locate the fire and search for any possible victims. After finishing their search, they located the source of the fire inside an addition at the rear of the structure and quickly extinguished it.

Shortly after the fire was contained, the residents of the home indicated that a litter of puppies was located in a box inside the room where the fire had started.  The firefighters began a search for the box and ultimately found the eight puppies under some debris. Unfortunately, the puppies were overcome by heat and smoke and died in the fire.

Units from all four Maricopa fire stations were dispatched to the call. However, one engine was unable to access the emergency as it was delayed by a stopped train on John Wayne Parkway.

Fire investigators have ruled that the cause of the fire was an electrical short from multiple extension cords inside the home's addition.

(Photos: Howard Waggner/Maricopa Community News)

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