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Burglar killed, house burned in Phoenix

PHOENIX, April 22 (UPI) -- An alleged burglary and hostage situation at a home in Phoenix resulted in one suspect shot dead by police and the house consumed by fire, officers said.

Police surrounded the burning home on a residential street with guns drawn Thursday while a fire engine sprayed water on the house from a safe distance.

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The incident apparently began when two burglars allegedly entered the home and took the occupant hostage. Officers told KPHO-TV, Phoenix, that one of the suspects was shot as he came outside with the hostage. The other suspect was arrested.

It was not clear how the fire started and the identities of the suspects and the hostage were not released.

The Arizona Republic said nearby Thunderbird High School was placed on lockdown status during the standoff.

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