VIDEO: As Tucson firefighters worked to knock down and staunch the flames, an electrical component exploded and sent bits of plastic into the air, as fire consumed a late-model Ford Focus in a North University neighborhood Thursday morning.
The driver, a 20-year-old student, was unharmed by the flames, suffering only a minor burn to one finger. She said that just after she dropped off her sister at Salpointe Catholic High School around 8 a.m, she smelled smoke and pulled over. Soon, she saw flames and she quickly abandoned the vehicle, leaving her purse and other personal belongings in the car.
The car was almost completely destroyed by the fire.
VIDEO: Funeral services for 31-year-old Brian Beck Jr. happened Thursday morning at Christ Church of the Valley in North Phoenix. Beck was an 11-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department.
Over the weekend, Beck, of Phoenix Fire Station No. 33, died after his battle with cancer contracted in the line of duty. “Brian contracted this terrible disease simply because he was doing his job as a firefighter,” Phoenix Fire Chief Kara Kalkrenner said.
“Now, in his honor, we will continue to fight our professions war on occupational cancer,” said Steve Beuerlein, president of Local 493.
Beck leaves behind his wife and three small children. Beyond the Valley native's career, his family was his life.
“They were everything he wanted,” said Crystie Hicks, Beck’s cousin.
KPNX-TV NBC 12
Crews from the Tucson Fire Department were called to a fire near the Santa Cruz Catholic Church early on Wednesday, May 22.
According to information from TFD, the fire happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of South Sixth Avenue. At least one caller thought the church was on fire, but firefighters found the fire in a nearby block building.
It took firefighters 18 minutes to get the fire under control.
There were no injuries reported. The building was unoccupied.
Investigators are working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
Tucson News Now
At the May governing Board of Directors meeting for Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA), Fire Chief Scott Freitag announced, “I have been informed that I will be officially the President of the Arizona Fire Chief’s Association and will be sworn in at the July Conference.”
There was light applause after the announcement.
“What’s that pay?” asked Director Dave Dobbs with a grin.
“As much as you get,” Freitag retorted lightheartedly.
A multi-vehicle crash blocked the roadway on westbound Interstate 40 at milepost 178 near Parks this morning, May 23. According to Ponderosa Fire Department, the accident involved two semi-trucks, a tour bus and four passenger vehicles. No major injuries were reported.
Williams Unified School District teacher Beverly Stearns, who was recently selected as Coconino County Teacher of the Year, was involved in the accident while driving the vehicle donated by Findlay Toyota. Stearns was reported to be uninjured in the accident.
Guardian medical Transport, Lifeline Ambulance, Flagstaff Fire Department, Highlands Fire District, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Camp Navajo Fire all responded to the accident.
Williams-Grand Canyon News
Love thy neighbor is more than a bible quote for a Mesa family of firefighters. It is their way of life.
“Carley moved into the neighborhood,” said Donann. “They have two kids who go to our school. They are in the fire service and my husband is also in the fire service. So, any event that they do, you know, we invite each other to those things. She has helped families that they run calls on and do anything that she can to help” “It was March 4, all of a sudden, I had this pain,” said Donann. “I had an x-ray and it showed that I had a kidney stone. I actually texted Carley. I asked her, ‘Can you take me to the hospital?’ They did an ultrasound. The pain kind of subsided a little bit and I went home.”
That night Donann got very sick and her husband took her back to the hospital.
“I had a CT scan and it showed that the stone was a lot bigger,” said Donann. “In a few hours I just crashed. I was in septic shock.”
Donann fought back tears, remembering the night that changed her life.
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