Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at approximately 6:40 pm a fire was reported in the South 200 block alley between 5th and 6th Avenue. Yuma Fire Department personnel arrived to find a large upholstered chair on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished before it could spread to other items and property nearby. Besides the chair, a section of vinyl covering on a chain link fence was also damaged.
The abandoned couch and other debris suggested this area may have become a gathering place. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but due to the suspicious nature, the investigation is continuing with officers from the Yuma Police Department.
You can help your police and fire departments, and help protect your homes and families, when you report suspicious circumstances and persons. Be aware of people hanging around alleys and vacant buildings (or acting like they are trying to hide from view), or in business areas after hours (especially late at night). Reporting this type of suspicious activity to the police immediately can prevent crimes and even save lives. If you have information about arson crimes, contact the fire department, police department, or information can also be provided anonymously through the Silent Witness tip line at 78-CRIME (782-7463).
On May 10, 2016, shortly after 8:00 am, a fire was reported at 2240 South Elks Lane. The fire was reported to be involving the clothes dryer of one of the condominium units. Firefighters arrived to find the fire had been extinguished by an occupant using a garden hose, but that occupant had suffered burns to their hands in the process. They confirmed the fire was out and had not spread further into the laundry room.
The fire was found to have originated in a pile of clothes on top of the washer and dryer. The top surfaces of both appliances received minor damage. The occupant was treated at the scene by paramedics and later transported themselves to Yuma Regional Medical Center for further treatment.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire departments recommend in the case of a fire being discovered, immediately calling 9-1-1 and evacuating the building is your best course of action for avoiding injury. Occupants who return into an area where a fire is burning risk serious burn and smoke inhalation injuries.READ MORE
On Saturday May 7, 2016, just before 6:00 pm, smoke was reported in the area of the apartments at the Yuma Home Park, 2550 South Virginia Drive. Arriving Yuma Fire Department personnel found an active fire spreading along the exterior walls of three (3) apartments. The fire was quickly knocked down and kept from spreading to additional apartments.
Damage was limited to the exterior walls of the apartments found to be on fire when firefighters arrived. There were no injuries but the American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the occupants of the three damaged apartments that were not able to be reoccupied without repairs. The cause of the fire is under investigation and has not yet been determined.
On Monday May 9, 2016, shortly after 1:00 pm, a fire was reported at the Tropicana Motel, 2115 South 4th Avenue. Arriving Yuma Fire Department personnel found smoke coming from the roof in the area of the motel office. Firefighters found there was a fire in the wall of office. The fire was contained in the office wall and quickly extinguished.
There were no injuries and only the office area and adjoining manager’s apartment were evacuated. Damage was restricted to a section of wall in the office. Traffic on 4th Avenue was restricted in the northbound lanes to one lane during firefighting operations. The fire originated in the office wall and the cause is under investigation.