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Firefighters battle house fire while residents are away

PRESCOTT - Firefighters battled an early-morning fire Wednesday, July 1, in a home while the residents were out, a PFD spokesman said.

The fire, at a home in the 2300 block of Ewin Drive in Country Park Estates, was called in about 4:50 a.m., by a neighbor who said smoke could be seen coming from a house, Division Chief Don Devendorf said.

The crew of the first engine to arrive found heavy smoke and flames coming from windows on the second floor of the two-story house.

Devendorf said the firefighters had to aim their hose streams through the windows "because a significant amount of ammunition was exploding in the fire room."

The fire was out in just 15 minutes, he added, and the homeowners came back while crews were still on the scene. They said they'd left just before the fire was called in.

"Even with a fairly short time period for the fire to grow, it was able to reach flashover before fire units could arrive, causing extensive damage to the structure," Devendorf said, estimating damage at $75,000.

There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation

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