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Mesa home fire spreads to neighboring homes; 3 structures leveled

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Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012 3:15 pm | Updated: 4:45 pm, Fri May 4, 2012.

In a situation a Mesa fire captain described as “very rare,” three Mesa families were displaced from three separate homes on a street near Baseline and Extension roads as a fire spread across the residences on Friday, causing extensive damage to the structures.

The fires caused at least one home in the 600 block of West Kiowa Avenue to be completely destroyed and two others heavily damaged as the American Red Cross helped to find temporary homes for the nine people affected along the street in the southwest portion of the city, according to Mesa fire Capt. Loren Allen.

About 1 p.m. on Friday, firefighters from Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert responded to a blaze that began in the rear northeast portion of the house at 606 W. Kiowa Ave.

That fire eventually spread to the attic and roof before it made its way to large trees and bushes and spread to homes at 604 and 568 Kiowa Avenue requiring the attention of 10 engines and four ladder trucks to fight the fires at the single-story stucco homes for two hours, Allen said.

No one was injured in the blaze, but one of four dogs in one of the homes was unaccounted for after three escaped when a window was broken, Allen said.

“It is unusual to have three fires right next to each other,” Allen said. “There was a wind blowing to the east, causing it to spread and trees and shrubs catch on fire in the backyard of one of the homes. It got pretty crazy for a little while. We’ve had multiple mobile home fires, but I’ve never seen three homes on fire at the same time, said Allen, who has been with the department for 27 years.

Allen said that the cause of the fire is under investigation, but something in the rear of the home at 606 Kiowa Ave. caught on fire, igniting the blaze.

Allen noted that explosions were reported coming from the property at 606 W. Kiowa, although officials and investigators were still working to confirm that.

Allen didn’t know a dollar amount on the damage and no one was home at the time the fires started.

Tim Hacker contributed to this report.

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