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Monday, June 1, 2020

Phoenix firefighter rescued after getting trapped by falling beam while battling house fire

VIDEO: A Phoenix firefighter is in the hospital recovering after a beam fell on top of him while he and his crew were battling a house fire Saturday night. According to Phoenix Fire Department officials, crews responded to a house fire near 7th Street and Greenway Road after receiving calls of heavy smoke in the area. Firefighters arrived and saw smoke and flames coming from the attic of a large home. While crews made an aggressive interior attack and conducted search and rescue for anyone possibly inside, a portion of the ceiling gave way, and a beam fell on top of a firefighter inside. The firefighter was quickly rescued by his crew and brought outside of the home and taken to a nearby hospital. Officials said the firefighter was in stable condition and speaking with doctors at the hospital. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
KTVK 3TV & KPHO CBS 5 Phoenix

Cave Creek feed store catches fire, nearby apartment complex evacuated

VIDEO: A feed store caught fire in Cave Creek early Monday morning, sparking evacuations at a nearby apartment complex. It's happening at the Black Mountain Feed and Tack on Cave Creek Road west of School House Road (north of the Cave Creek Museum). The call went out at about 3:30 a.m. "When we arrived, we did find a fully involved structure, including the hay bales underneath the canopy out there," Shawn Gilleland of the Rural Metro Fire Department explained. The store stocks hay, which is what's fueling the fire. Gilleland said spontaneous combustion can happen with hay bales and mulch piles. "It is common that we have stuff like this," he said. He also said that it's too early to know if that's what happened. Rural Metro called in crews from Phoenix and Scottsdale to assist.

Retired Phoenix firefighter aims to prevent drownings

When he was a firefighter, Tim Maloney was saddened to respond to child drownings and he knew he wanted to do something to try to prevent these tragedies. That’s why he and his wife, Gina, started their company, Arizona Pool Fence, 20 years ago. Maloney retired as a firefighter for Phoenix Fire Department, where he had worked for more than 20 years and decided to start the business and educate people about drowning prevention. “If I can educate and do something to provide some type of protection for kids, I’m going to do it,” he said. Arizona Pool Fence, based at 1513 W. Hatcher Road, sells mesh, glass and wrought iron pool fences, as well as mesh pool safety covers and pool safety nets. The business also sells pet fences designed to keep furry friends from wandering into the pool. With children and teens on summer break from school and likely staying home more because of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is even more important to boost safety around pools.
North Central News

As Ocotillo Fire burns in Cave Creek, ’I’d just like to know if our home is still there’

PHOTOS: Susie Hagstrom was hot, tired and frustrated. It had been nearly 24 hours since she'd slept, and nearly 24 hours since she and her family were forced to evacuate their home in the path of the fast-moving Ocotillo Fire in Cave Creek. She had no idea whether it was still standing. “I’d just like to know if our home is still there,” she said. “I’m frustrated and not sure what to do.” As temperatures soared into the triple digits, Hagstrom, her husband and her daughter had come to the Red Cross emergency evacuation center set up in the gym at Cactus Shadows High School, about five miles south of where firefighters were battling the wildland blaze that broke out just after midnight Saturday.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Eight arrested in second night of protests in Tucson, firefighter struck in the face by a rock

PHOTOS: Eight people were arrested Saturday night during the second night of protests in Tucson, including one person accused of aggravated assault after police say he threw rocks at an officer, officials said Sunday. About 400 protesters gathered Saturday night, and at times some of them confronted about 200 officers, throwing rocks and bottles. A firefighter on Saturday also was struck in the face by a rock. Protests around downtown started Friday night, and Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said the department was braced for another one Sunday night, despite a statewide curfew Gov. Doug Ducey issued in the afternoon. Protests sprang up in Tucson and in dozens of cities across the country after the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died during an arrest last week in Minneapolis.
Tucson Arizona Daily Star

Large brush fire in Superstition Mountains caused by lightning

PHOTO: Fire crews are currently battling a large brush fire in the Superstition Mountains. Tonto National Forest officials say the Sawtooth Fire is currently 3,500 acres and is 5 percent contained. Officials say 105 firefighters and overhead support responded to the lightning caused fire. "While this fire is in the same area as last year’s Woodbury Fire, it is too early to determine its future size and intensity," said Mesa District Ranger Matthew Lane.
KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix

Friday, May 29, 2020

Cause of large pallet yard fire in Phoenix under investigation

VIDEO: Fire crews battled a second alarm fire in a pallet yard near 35th Avenue and Broadway Road. The main fire was knocked down but crews were putting out hot spots Thursday night. No one was injured in the fire. Firefighters worked in temperatures near 109 degrees. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Thirty-fifth Avenue was closed between Buckeye Road and Broadway Road as crews worked to fight the fire. According to Phoenix Fire, more than 100 firefighters from multiple jurisdictions responded to the second alarm pallet yard fire, which included dangerous hazardous materials. Crews protected a 10,000 gallon drum of diesel fuel while simultaneously working to contain the pallet fire.
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Phoenix firefighters rescue driver of pickup truck from canal

PHOTO: Phoenix firefighters rescued the driver of a pickup truck that wound up in a canal Friday morning. It happened in the area of 39th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. “The patient is uninjured but does need assistance exiting the vehicle,” Capt. Kenny Overton of the Phoenix Fire Department told Arizona’s Family. The truck was not submerged, but it was angled steeply down the side of the canal. Crews hooked tow chains to the pickup to keep it steady in case it shifted. They then put a helmet and other safety gear on the driver and helped him climb out of the truck and onto the canal bank.

Debris fire spreads to attic of Tucson home

PHOTO: One person was able to escape without injury when a debris fire spread into the attic of his home early on Friday, May 29. According to information from the Tucson Fire Department, the fire happened just after 3 a.m. at a house in the 100 block of North Euclid Avenue. Someone reported seeing smoke and flames near the house. By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had spread from the debris to eaves of the home. The one person in the house was able to get out safely, and firefighters determined that the fire had entered the attic. Crews had the fire under control in 35 minutes. Multiple roof layers complicated the effort and firefighters had to open a hole in the roof to spray water on the flames from above. No firefighters were injured. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation. Damages have not yet been determined.
Tucson News Now

City of Glendale recognizes first responders at Westgate shooting

VIDEO: Parents of two teenagers shot during the Westgate shooting met the first responders who helped save their lives. Glendale Police Officer Destiny Ebersohl and Avondale Firefighter Captain Chris Spire were the first to reach two teenage victims shot by Armando Hernandez Jr. last Wednesday. Alfredo Jaime, 19, was shot in the chest. His best friend whom he was with, Destiny, 16, was shot in the leg by Hernandez. The two were sitting on a bench outside Johnny Rockets when the shooting started. Thursday, the City of Glendale recognized both Officer Ebersohl and Captain Spire for their heroic actions. Ebersohl was one of the first Glendale Police Officers on the scene, immediately coming to the aide of Jaime and Destiny. "My job is to protect and serve. It's gotta be a selfless act," said Officer Ebersohl, who also shared a unique moment when treating 16-year-old Destiny.
KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix

Five residents displaced after Tucson mobile home fire

The Tucson Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire near the southwest side late night Thursday. TFD says crews responded to the area of 4500 block of South Mission Road around 11:51 p.m. after multiple 911 calls were made reporting smoke and flames. Upon arrival, crews pulled a hose line to the front of the house to extinguish the fire and search for any occupants. The residents were able to safely evacuate the home before firefighters arrived. Crews then pulled a second hose to contain the fire on the exterior of the home, while utilities were secured, according to TFD. The fire was contained in under six minutes after arrival. There were no injuries reported. The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

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