The 8700 block of east McKellips Sunday morning. (Source: Eric Zott, cbs5az.com)
It's not known yet what sparked the fire. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
Explosions erupted with as many as three mobile homes catching fire in the Salt River area Sunday morning, Scottsdale fire officials said.
First responders from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa arrived in the 8700 block of East McKellips as the homes went up in flames and smoke at about 7:30 a.m., according to Scottsdale fire Capt. Danny Ables.
The homes were in Shadow Mountain Village on the Salt River Reservation.
"We knocked on doors and asked everybody to leave their residence and come to the Pima Center," said Salt River police Detective Vincente Cendejas.
Fire investigators are trying to determine if flammable liquids were present in one of the homes, said Salt River fire Chief David Bunce.
Bunce said the fire started in one of the mobile homes and spread to the others.
Fire crews assisted the Salt River Fire Department battle the blazes.
The Red Cross is on the scene to help those residents who were displaced.
Two streets are without power in the area, Bunce said.
"We just kept hearing a lot of pops," said one of the neighbors, Linda Whittle.
Another neighbor said a handyman lives in one of the homes. "There's a lot of chemicals in there. Every time it would hit another chemical, it would just flare up," said Dee Dee Bernam.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.
[Text BREAKING to 23765 to get news alerts on your mobile phone]
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, August 29 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:22:53 GMT
An inmate at the state prison in Pendleton has been shot and killed by a guard while fighting in the yard. Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus says 26-year-old Jayson Matthew Withers of SalemMore >
An inmate at the state prison in Pendleton has been shot and killed by a guard while fighting in the yard.More >
Saturday, August 30 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:34:11 GMT
The Coast Guard says the pilot of a small airplane lost consciousness while flying and the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast.More >
A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday.More >
Friday, August 29 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:08:37 GMT
Helt's booking photo from tonight
The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. More >
Jesse Helt, the Oregon man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards, had a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. He posted bail after turning himself in to the Polk County Jail. More >