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PHOENIX -

A vacant home caught fire near Missouri and 35th Avenues on Thursday morning.

A police officer saw the smoke coming from the home around 2 a.m. and reported it.

Firefighters say they had a difficult time getting in the home to put the fire out because the home was extremely cluttered inside.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Tony Mure says firefighters had to literally climb on furniture and debris inside the home to get to the fire.

"Because of the bulky gear that we wear, there's a lot of trip hazards. If you can't walk flat on the ground and you're literally crawling on top of furniture, you don't know what you're crawling in or on top of because of the dangers, if there's anything sharp in there and it just becomes a trap or an entrapment for firefighters," said Mure.

Despite the clutter, Mure says it appears no one was currently living in the home.

The home is a complete loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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