Mother, daughter escape early morning fire - Tucson News Now

Mother, daughter escape early morning fire

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A mother and daughter were able to escape an early morning mobile home fire on Tucson's southeast side.

Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker tells Tucson News Now, the fire broke out at around 2:10 a.m. Sunday, in the 6200 block of South Rough Rock Drive, near Wilmot and Interstate 10.

Baker says the first engine company arrived to extinguish the flames, and search the home to ensure that everyone was out.  A second engine company assisted with the search, and also worked to put out the fire.

Baker says  two people, a mother and daughter, were home at the time of the fire, but able to escape without injury prior to the arrival of firefighters. 

Investigators say an improperly disposed of cigarette caused the fire.  The fire started in the garage in the east side of the home and quickly spread to the home itself.  

Baker adds, more than half of residential fire deaths occur in fires that start between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.. Having a working smoke alarm and practicing an escape route can make a huge difference in ensuring your safety in a terrible event such as a house fire. This is especially important if children are in the home. 

Damage to the home is estimated at $70,000.

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