A truck backed into a Hidden Valley home Wednesday night, causing a fire and leaving the driver dead. Two people in the home were rescued, but the house and a nearby recreational vehicle were destroyed.
The deceased man has not yet been identified.
The residents did not recognize him or his truck and did not know why he was on the property in the 1900 block of Brower Lane.
According to Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, the pickup truck backed into the house at around 10:30 p.m.
“At this point in the investigation, it appears as though the truck backed into a corner of the house and got stuck,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “The truck engine raced as the rear tires spun and disintegrated. The spinning tires appear to have ignited the fire, which quickly consumed the house, truck and RV.”
The crash awoke the man and woman in the house. They found the male driver unresponsive. When the house ignited, the couple fled to the back yard, and became trapped.
A PCSO deputy and U.S. Border Patrol arrived on the scene at about the same time to find the house and truck fully engulfed in flames. They heard screaming from the back yard, where they found the residents trapped in fenced area with their two dogs.
The enclosure was six-foot wrought-iron fencing with a locked gate that the couple could not open or climb over. The border agent knocked down a section with his vehicle to free them. The two people, both 57, had only minor injuries.
“I am thankful for the quick actions of the deputy and the U.S. Border Patrol agent to get this couple and their dogs safely away from the burning house,” Babeu said.
The incident is under investigation.