Arizona News

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Roof collapse and explosion at Phoenix church, no one hurt

VIDEO: Search dogs found no evidence that anyone was inside a Phoenix church after a likely natural gas explosion Wednesday evening. The incident happened around 7 p.m. near 15th Avenue and Buckeye Road. Firefighters say it’s unclear if the explosion, which was most likely caused by a natural gas leak, happened before or after the roof collapse. Firefighters evacuated residences in the area following the incident but the affected residents have since been let back in their homes. The incident was originally called out as a fire and gas explosion, but firefighters say there was no fire to the structure.
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Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District chief complains to AG about board actions

In advance of Wednesday evening’s special meeting of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District, Fire Chief Wayne Eder filed a complaint with Arizona’s Attorney General’s Office. In his correspondence with Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Eder noted that he’s been filing complaints since November for open meeting law violations between the board and former fire chief and other employees. “I will be up front in saying that these individuals secured an indictment against me by filing false statements with the Mohave County Attorney’s Office, who then perpetuated the false statements to obtain the indictment,” Eder wrote to Brnovich.

Documents Released: Former Eloy firefighter accused of stealing naked photos off patient’s phone

Documents released by the Eloy Police Department are painting a clearer picture of why former Eloy Fire Captain Scott Roninger is under investigation. Police say Roninger responded to a call in March and took a man to the hospital. But the man’s cell phone ended up left behind in the ambulance. Authorities say when Roninger got his hands on it, he went through it, finding naked pictures of the man’s girlfriend. Roninger is accused of sending five of them to his colleague via text message, saying:“Hey remember the dude from last night with the cut arm?”

Gilbert Fire Department says toddler hospitalized after being pulled out of pool

PHOTO: A 3-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after firefighters said he was pulled from a pool in Gilbert on Wednesday evening. It happened near Elliot and McQueen roads. The boy's mother pulled him from the pool and started CPR, the fire department said. Fire crews said the child didn't have a pulse and wasn't breathing when they arrived. He was taken to the hospital. Firefighters didn't give an update on the boy's condition. It appears there was not a fence around the pool.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Reports of gunfire at Tucson house fire on the west side

VIDEO: What Tucson Firefighters thought was a routine house fire led to a police investigation. Tucson Fire responded to a 911 call with reports of smoke coming from the front door of a house on the westside just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday. As crews prepared to fight the fire near the 1200 Block of South Lynx Dr., a neighbor informed officials that he had heard gunshots before the crew arrived on scene. Because the gunshots could not be confirmed, the scene was declared unsafe, requiring Tucson police to report to the scene. Firefighters say the homeowner was acting strange. When they approached him, he was wearing a bullet proof vest and armed with a handgun. Firefighters were able to talk the homeowner into surrendering the firearm.
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3 hotshot crews deployed in Arizona from other states to help with wildfires

VIDEO: Out-of-town hotshot crews are already staged in Arizona, ready to jump on the fire line. There are three hotshot crews deployed here; one in southern Arizona, one in the central part of the state and one up north. "It can be a little warmer than where we're from, but everyone is very friendly. We get a lot of waves up and down the highway and we appreciate that," said Philip Capurro. He and the rest of the Winema Hotshots are from Klamath Falls, Oregon. They've already been here for a week to help out, given our particularly dry conditions. They jumped into action over the weekend on the Potato Fire.

Parts of northern Arizona forest to close this summer to prevent wildfires

Campers, hikers and other recreationists will be barred from parts of national forest in Arizona this summer, forcing many to change their outdoor plans for Memorial Day weekend. Six large swaths of the Coconino National Forest will temporarily close to the public on Wednesday as authorities work to prevent wildfires. The forest closures will also shut down 10 Forest Service campgrounds — including Fossil Creek near Camp Verde — and a number of trails and roads. Brady Smith, a spokesman with the Forest Service, told KTAR News 92.3 FM that everyone who paid for a reservation at Fossil Creek will be refunded and once the campground opens back up, they will have a chance to reschedule.
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Bullhead City fire board approves giving outgoing chief access to documents

Rick Southey will get to better arm himself to present his case. The outgoing Bullhead City Fire District chief will receive some documents related to a probe of alleged mismanagement at the BHCFD under his leadership. The fire district’s governing board voted Tuesday to have reports generated during the investigation forwarded to Southey. The board made the decision after a closed-door executive session that lasted more than three hours. Neither Southey nor the board spoke about the nature of the reports the motion concerned. Board member Heather Petrillo made the motion to forward the reports to Southey “so he can review all of the allegations.”
Mohave Valley Daily News

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