TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A house fire, first reported as a burning mattress, displaces a family of five on the East side Sunday night.
A resident made a 9-1-1 call shortly after 8 p.m., stating that a mattress, from a second-floor bedroom, was on fire.
Firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes on the 8400 block of East Via Cortina De Madera, near East Valencia Road and Old Vail Road in Rita Ranch.
The fire started from improperly discarded smoking materials from a man, according to TFD spokesman Capt. Barrett Baker.
A family of five, which includes three children, ages 12, 9 and 6, will be staying with other family members. They do not need assistance from the Red Cross.
Two of the children heard the fire alarm and tried but were unable to extinguish the fire themselves. All residents in the home were evacuated.
One neighbor assisted a man on the second floor, out of the home. Health issues prevented the man from leaving on his own.
One of the kids and an adult man were transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
The damage estimate is yet to be determined.