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Monday, August 15, 2022

Firefighters extinguish rooftop fire on large commercial building in Phoenix

Firefighters extinguished a fire on the roof of a large commercial structure located near 43rd Avenue and Buckeye Road in Phoenix Saturday afternoon. The entire building was evacuated as a precaution after large solar panels caught fire, authorities said. Firefighters contained the flames on the roof, using multiple ladder trucks and working with engine companies, authorities said. The fire marshal on scene is working with building management and fire investigators to learn the cause, which is unknown. No injuries were reported in the incident. Firefighters earlier extinguished a storage yard fire near 3rd Street and Buckeye Road which caused black smoke to be visible from downtown Phoenix on Saturday. That fire involved a trash truck and large plastic and metal containers, and firefighters contained it with elevated master streams and hose lines.
KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale

Tucson Fire Department rescues 25 people during flooding

PHOTOS: On August 12, 2022, around 5:15 p.m. the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) rescued 21 adults, 3 children, and 1 infant during flooding. According to the Coronado National Forest, Pima County SAR, TFD, and Pima Stations worked together to rescue people stranded in Bear Canyon. Firefighters used a Ladder over a low water crossing to get everyone to safety.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Firefighters save dog with ’Fido Bag’ from apartment in Phoenix

Firefighters rescued a family dog from a smoke-filled apartment near 19th and Dunlap avenues in Phoenix on Thursday, authorities said. Upon arrival, Phoenix firefighters found a single apartment that was covered in a heavy black smoke. After a thorough search, they found an unresponsive dog that firefighters then quickly removed from the apartment and started performing resuscitation efforts, according to a press release. Firefighters from Phoenix stations 20 and 60 teamed up to deploy a “Fido Bag,” a life-saving tool that contain reusable oxygen masks that are specially designed to fit animals. Fido Bags are supplied to local fire departments and professional K9 handlers from the Fetch Foundation, according to the release.
KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale

Critical injury after car goes through wall on I-19 off-ramp in Sahaurita area

PHOTO: A driver was critically injured in a Friday crash. Firefighters say a car went through a wall at an I-19 on-ramp in the Sahaurita area. According to Green Valley Fire, the driver lost control when using the ramp off northbound I-19 near Esperanza Boulevard. The victim was treated for life-threatening injuries at the hospital. According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, the I-19 onramp at Esparanza and the offramp from Esperanza were closed. Esperanza was also closed between Los Olmos and Abrego Drive.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Four Cats Presumed Dead in Yuma Motorhome Fire

Two cats were injured, and four are presumed dead, after a Thursday night motor home fire. None of the human occupants were harmed. Mike Erfert, of the Yuma Fire Department, says the fire was reported at about 7:23 pm, at Friendship Park. The public park is next to Desert Sun Stadium, just to the west of Avenue A. Upon arrival, firefighters found a large motor home in the parking lot with heavy smoke and flames coming from it. The first two engines to arrive on the scene were able to quickly knock out the fire. The motorhome’s eight occupants -- four adults and four teenagers -- were not injured. There were three dogs that were able to be safely evacuated. At least six cats also were in the motor home at the time of the fire, with two known to have made it out.
KAWC-FM 88.9 Yuma

Friday, August 12, 2022

13-year-old boy dead, several in critical condition after crash on I-17 in Phoenix

VIDEO: A 13-year-old boy has died and several others, including two kids, are in critical condition after a serious crash on Interstate 17 near Union Hills Drive in Phoenix on Thursday night. The Department of Public Safety says two SUVs were involved in the wreck just before 9 p.m. when one of the drivers lost control and struck the other SUV. Both SUVs rolled over, ejecting three out of four people. That includes the 13-year-old, who was riding in the front passenger seat. Two people were in the SUV that was hit, and the passenger in vehicle was also ejected, according to DPS. The Phoenix Fire Dept. says one child and two women were rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition, while another man and child were also seriously hurt. During the investigation, the southbound lanes of I-17 were closed and traffic was being diverted to Loop 101. The on-ramps from Loop 101 to I-17 were also shut down. All southbound lanes of I-17 reopened around 4 a.m. Friday.
KTVK-TV 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)

Detention basin project aims to mitigate Pipeline Fire flooding in west Flagstaff

PHOTO: The City of Flagstaff has secured $2.4 million from a federal grant to begin flood mitigation work in west Flagstaff. The area has been inundated several times in recent weeks as a result of heavy rain over the Pipeline Fire scar. Three large detention basins will be built at the intersection of Elden Lookout Road and Schultz Pass Road on a 20-acre city parcel commonly known as the Y. The tiered earthen basins will be designed to temporarily hold and gradually release water that flows down the Schultz Creek drainage and have a capacity of more than 50 acre-feet, or about 16.3 million gallons. "So essentially instead of one giant catastrophic flood, you should see several hours of flow going through the channel. But it’s flow that the downstream system can accommodate," says City of Flagstaff stormwater manager Ed Schenk.
KNAU-FM 88.7 Flagstaff

Northern Arizona Fire District: ‘Suspicious’ fire destroys doublewide in Kingman

PHOTO: Northern Arizona Fire District firefighters responded to a structure fire that resulted in the total loss of an abandoned building. According to an NAFD news release, firefighters from NAFD and Kingman responded at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 to a fire in the 2100 block of E. Packard Avenue in Kingman. Although firefighters “aggressively attacked” the fire and protected surrounding structures, the abandoned house was lost. Upon arrival, firefighters found a heavily involved attached garage/carport with fire extending to the doublewide manufactured home. A second alarm was requested due to the exposures of the adjacent structures. There were no reported injuries and no utilities inside the building. According to law enforcement, the house has recently had criminal activity that is under investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. NAFD said the fire is suspicious and the cause is under investigation.
The Miner

Water Safety Expo in Tucson to promote Drowning Impact Awareness Month

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation is partnering with Safe Kids Pima County and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona to host a Water Safety Expo at Manzanita Pool in Tucson on Saturday, August 20. The event, which will feature fire trucks, safety information and giveaways, will coincide with Drowning Impact Awareness Month. According to the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner, drowning was the cause of 12 accidental deaths in 2021. The event is free to attend and will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at noon. Manzanita Pool is located at 5110 S. San Joaquin Ave.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

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