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Fire destroys Phoenix home after flash, loud bang

PHOENIX — Phoenix Fire Department investigators on Friday were sifting
through what’s left of a large home destroyed by an overnight fire.

Deputy Chief Chris Ketterer said several young people called 911 and then
alerted neighbors on both sides of the home after seeing flames burst from the
home from several hundred yards away in the Ahwatukee section of southeast

Ketterer said witnesses reported seeing a bright flash and hearing a loud
bang in the garage area of the home shortly before midnight Thursday. Then they
saw flames.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to homes next door. They
were told that the home’s occupants had just left on vacation.


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