Two people found dead after house fire in Queen Creek

A house fire Jan. 25 took the lives of a mother and son occupying this home in the 21000 block of East Via Del Oro in Queen Creek, according to a post on the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department Facebook page. (Courtesy of QCFMD)

Two people were found dead Wednesday afternoon after a fire at a Queen Creek home.

Around 4:30 p.m. (Jan. 25), fire crews responded to a structure fire in the 21000 block of East Via Del Oro.

[RAW VIDEO: Video 1 of fatal Queen Creek house fire from neighbor]

“The flames were 25 feet out of the windows. Literally, it went from light smoke to flames in five minutes. I’ve never seen a fire like that before,” said Scott Gifford who lives next door.

He ran outside saw, the flames and tried to help his neighbor inside.

“The front door was cracked a little bit like, he had pushed it in a little. Both of us tried to go in, realized that there is no way this could happen,” said Mr. Gifford.

After the fire was extinguished, the two victims were located inside the home.

“Tragic situation, nobody knows what happened. It happened so fast the fire was within five minutes. The house was completely engulfed,” said Mr. Gifford.

MCSO arson investigators are looking into the cause.

(Read about fundraising efforts to assist the family)

[RAW VIDEO: Video 2 of fatal Queen Creek house fire from neighbor]

The names of the victims have not been released. It’s not immediately clear how they died.

Editor’s note: A gofundme account set up to help the family has identified the victims as Juliet Arnett and her youngest son, Josh. To donate, visit the page at

Through partnership Independent Newspapers is publishing information provided by CBS 5 News. The story can be found here.


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