Flames destroyed a home in Senita overnight after firefighters had responded Thursday to extinguish an earlier fire.
Photos and video taken by a neighbor show flames leaping from the roof of the home into the night sky, and then the burnt-out shell of the second floor.
“At 4:12 this morning, Maricopa units were dispatched to a rekindling of a structure fire from yesterday,” MFD Deputy Chief Chris Bolinger said in a statement Friday. “The house was unoccupied throughout the night.”
Bolinger was unable to confirm social media reports that 13 family members lived in the house, but said eight people were inside the home at the time of Thursday’s fire, all of whom evacuated safely after being alerted by smoke detectors. The home was unoccupied when the fire reignited early Friday morning.
The Red Cross was notified and placed in contact with the family on Thursday, according to Bolinger.
Maricopa firefighters responded to the initial fire on Thursday afternoon at the home at North Lousandra Drive and West Estrada Street. There were no reported injuries to firefighters and emergency responders.
The cause of the initial fire as well as the rekindling blaze is under investigation.