Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
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.
On Saturday May 7, 2016, at approximately 6:40 pm, a fire was reported in the laundry room of the Days Inn hotel, 1671 East 16th Street. Arriving Yuma Fire Department personnel observed smoke coming from the building and evacuation of the occupants taking place. Contents of a commercial dryer in the laundry room were found to be on fire.
Firefighters extinguished the fire, and removed the dryer contents from the building. The affected areas were ventilated to remove the smoke and the building was able to be reoccupied. There were no injuries and the damage was contained to the dryer where the fire occurred.
On Friday May 6, 2016 just after 1:00 pm, a water flow alarm was received, indicating the fire sprinkler system had activated in a commercial building located at 367 West 16th Street, the Del Sol Market. Arriving Yuma Fire Department personnel gained access to the building, finding a fire had been extinguished by an activated sprinkler head. Firefighters ensured the fire was completely out and assisted with clean-up.
Fire damage was limited to the exhaust fan that had caught fire. The fan was located in the ceiling of a storage/utility room and could have easily caused serious damage, disrupting operations of the market, if it had not been extinguished by the nearest sprinkler head.
Fire sprinkler systems can keep fires from spreading and can also extinguish them. Fire spreads quickly and can double in size every minute. Even small fires can cause significant damage to property, disrupt business, and endanger those nearby. Contrary to many Hollywood portrayals, only sprinkler heads directly exposed to the heat (155 degrees in this case) activate, not those in the rest of the room, building, or complex.
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