Two neighboring homes near Seventh and Peoria avenues caught fire on Aug. 9, 2017. Phoenix Fire Department

Six people were displaced after two neighboring homes caught fire in north Phoenix, sending a tower of smoke over the area just before sundown Wednesday evening, the Phoenix Fire Department said.

More than 50 firefighters were needed to control the blazes, which began when one house caught fire, in a neighborhood near Seventh and Peoria avenues, officials said.

The fire burned through the home’s roof, and caused several power lines to fall.

That forced firefighters out of the home and they were forced to fight the fire defensively, officials said.

However, flames spread to a house next door, catching the home’s attic and roof on fire, fire officials said.

Firefighters prevented the blazes from spreading further.

Two adults and a child were displaced from the first home, and three adults from the second house.

Several dogs from both homes were unaccounted for, fire officials added.

The cause remained under investigation late Wednesday.


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