Terry Goddard's Garage Fire Caused by Refrigerator or Outlet, Says Fire Department
The early-morning fire at Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard's downtown Phoenix home was caused by a refrigerator in his detached garage or an outlet the fridge was plugged into, fire officials tell New Times.
Neighbors reportedly saw 40-foot flames at the structure. The garage is used as a workshop and "storage facility," says Goddard's office.
Goddard, his wife, and son had been sleeping at home when the fire broke out -- they weren't hurt.
Shelly Jamison, spokeswoman for the Phoenix Fire Department, says that contrary to some initial reports, the fire was not "suspicious" or connected to a fallen power line.
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Goddard lost several precious items in the fire, Jamison says.
Family and personal records, personal papers "going back to his time as [Phoenix] mayor," and some photos were among the items destroyed, Jamison says.