Six homes in various stages of construction near Queen Creek were destroyed by fire Wednesday night.
The houses, located on bank-owned land near Ironwood Drive and Ocotillo Roads, had been abandoned for the past two years and were unkempt and falling into disrepair, said Deputy Chief for the Rural Metro Fire Department Bill Grubb.
The homes were a part of a subdivision that failed due to financial issues, Grubb said.
When fire crews arrived on scene around 6:30 p.m. all six houses were fully engulfed in flames, Grubb said. The area around the homes had been cared for, with no weeds or dead brush to add to the fire.
To avoid putting firefighters in harm's way, Grubb said, crews instead decided to let the houses burn until they fell into their basements. Once the homes fell, firefighters filled each basement with a few feet of water to stop the flames.
Most fire crews left the scene by 9 p.m., but one crew was left to watch the blaze overnight.
Early Thursday morning, investigators returned to determine the cause of the fire. The homes had no electricity or plumbing, Grubb said.