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Couple seriously burned in shed fire in Phoenix suburb

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- A man and woman were seriously injured in a shed fire in Glendale early Friday morning.

The structure, behind a trailer on property near 35th Avenue and Deer Valley Road, caught fire around 6 a.m. The two unidentified men were taken to a hospital with life-threatening burns.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Kevin Westfall said the couple had built bonfires on the property, where they had been living without the owners' permission.

Easton Bull, who lives across the street, heard the explosions and rushed to help.

"The flames coming over the house were twice the size of the house," he said. "I ran across the street to help the woman, who was crawling away and then the man came out. Both were very burned."

Investigators haven't pinpointed cause of the fire, but said the shed was crammed with belongings.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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