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Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2007 12:56 pm | Updated: 7:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A fire destroyed a Mesa family’s home early Saturday morning as firefighters fought for more than two hours to extinguish the flames.

Mesa Fire Capt. Mark Freeman said the family was out of town and no one was hurt, but the house was a “complete loss.” Relatives were attempting to advise the family of the news Saturday.

Freeman said firefighters were unsure of how the one-story cinder-block house at 147 E. Grove Ave. caught fire just before 3 a.m.

“Crews arrived to find a lot of fire and smoke,” Freeman said.

About 24 firefighters flocked to the scene to assist. Freeman said the fire burned through the roof, causing the air conditioning unit on the roof to begin to cave in, and firefighters working inside the home had to be evacuated. The firefighters then transitioned to a “surround and drown” tactic. The fire was fully extinguished by 5:30 a.m.

No surrounding homes were affected, Freeman said.

COOKING FIRE

In a separate incident, a kitchen fire erupted at an apartment at 1911 W. Broadway Road shortly before 4 a.m. when cabinets caught fire as the apartment’s occupant was cooking.

The person evacuated the home, and firefighters extinguished the fire quickly, Freeman said.

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