Tempe House Fire Blows Door 25 Feet into Road; Firefighters Injured. Get Your Somewhat-Impressive, Grainy Cell Phone Pics Here

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A fire gutted a downtown Tempe home over the weekend, injuring three firefighters and blowing the front door of the house about 25 feet onto Mill Avenue.

The blaze started around 10:40 p.m. Saturday at 1204 South Mill Avenue -- across from ASU and just south of the bars.

We happened to be in the area at the time and  snapped some cell-phone-quality photos for our devoted Valley Fever readers.

Check out the pics after the jump.


Fire crews responded to the blaze, and once inside the 1,500-degree, brick house, an explosion happened.

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As the flames roared through a hole in the top of the house -- and with firefighters inside -- gas from the intense smoke created a backdraft.

Then, boom!

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The blast was so intense that the front door of the house was blown 25 feet into the road and a firefighter was blown about 15 feet into the yard.

Three firefighters received minor burns from the blast, but fire officials say it could have been much worse.

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Tempe Fire investigator Mike Reichling says well-trained firefighters and high-tech equipment prevented further injury. 

Fire crews aren't sure what started the blaze but say all fires are treated as arson until proven otherwise.



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