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Hot air balloon crashes and catches fire, but no one injured

PHOENIX – Authorities say a hot-air balloon carrying 13 people crashed and caught fire next to a dirt road in the desert outside Phoenix, igniting a small brush fire, but caused no injuries.

It is not immediately known what the cause of the Wednesday morning crash. Phoenix fire Capt. Jake Van Hook says it was “only a small amount of the fire, which crews quickly extinguished.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says no injuries reported to the 13 people on board and that there is no other information was immediately available.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman not immediately respond to an emailed request for information.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said the balloon went down in the desert on the outskirts of the Phoenix metro area.

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