Arizona News

Monday, August 3, 2020

Person dies in 1st alarm house fire in Glendale

VIDEO: Glendale firefighters say a person has died following a 1st alarm house fire near 57th Avenue and Mountain View Road Sunday. Officials say at around 5 a.m. a person contacted 911 after spotting a house with fire coming from the backyard while walking their dog. When Glendale firefighters arrived on scene the single-story home had a large amount of fire coming from the home and possible sounds of ammunition. Because the home had metal bars on all doors and windows, entry to the home was delayed. When they entered the home, they moved to a defensive posture due to the large fire load and heavy heat. The roof of the home partially collapsed and fire crews were able to gain control of the fire at 5:39 a.m. Once the fire was extinguished, they discovered one person who was dead as a result of the fire. No fire personnel were injured while battling the fire.
KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC

Clean-up and rebuilding planned after bridge fire, demolition at Tempe Town Lake

VIDEO: Just five days after a train derailed and caught fire on the Salt River bridge over Tempe Town Lake, a portion of the bridge and two rail cars came crashing down in a planned explosion Sunday morning. This was the next step necessary for crews to go in, clean up, and take steps toward rebuilding the damaged bridge. The demolition happened around 8:15 a.m. Sunday after the Tempe Police Department and other work crews swept the nearby area. Some residents were asked to evacuate, while many sheltered in place. The Tempe Fire Department says the demolition went as planned with no injuries. The controlled demolition was a direct result of a Union Pacific train derailment and massive fire on the bridge last week. The cause is still under investigation, along with another Union Pacific train derailment in the exact same spot back in June.
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Related: Two workers transporting chemical from derailed train hurt in Tempe

The Tempe Fire Department said Friday that two contract workers were hurt when a chemical they were transporting from a freight train car that derailed earlier this week leaked from a hose. The tank car was carrying cyclohexanone, a pale and oily liquid that is toxic and flammable. As a worker was disconnecting a hose from the car, he heard a loud bang and liquid from the hose sprayed his face. Another worker was sprayed in the chest area. The worker who was sprayed in the face was conscious and sent to a burn unit, and his condition is serious but not life-threatening. The other worker was treated on site and declined hospitalization. A 102-car Union Pacific Railroad freight train traveling from Tucson to Phoenix derailed Wednesday morning as it traveled on a century-old bridge that spans the man-made Tempe Town Lake.
Daily Miner

Arizona reports 2,992 new COVID-19 cases and 53 deaths, hospital data improving

Hospitalizations continue gradual declines from their mid-July peaks, as Arizona reported another 2,992 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 53 more known deaths. Inpatient hospitalizations, ICU beds in use and ventilators in use all continued gradual downward trends on Friday, according to hospital data reported to the state. But hospitals remain under high pressure, with many COVID-19 patients. Identified cases rose to 177,002 and known deaths totaled 3,747, according to the daily report by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The 53 new known deaths reported Saturday represent the new deaths identified by the Arizona Department of Health Services that day, but many occurred days and weeks prior. Given slow test result turnaround times, new daily reported cases often represent cases that occurred days and weeks prior.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Pig Fire in Coconino National Forest grows to 300 acres

VIDEO: The Pig Fire grew to about 300 acres Sunday and smoke was traveling north and lightly impacting the Village of Oak Creek, Sedona, Munds Park, and Flagstaff with haziness. The Pig Fire, named due to its proximity near Pig Trough Tank, was reported about 4:45 p.m. Sunday off the east side of northbound Interstate 17 near mile marker 302, according to a Coconino National Forest press release. This is about five miles north of the State Route 179 exit for the Village of Oak Creek in Sedona. Cause is unknown at this time and under investigation, stated the release. The fire currently poses no risk to any structures, homes, or communities. The interstate has been closed to one lane going north to allow firefighters access, and some forest roads near the Bell Trail trailhead were closed by road-blocks Sunday.
Verde Independent

Friday, July 31, 2020

Chemical leak contained in Union Pacific train derailment, fire; now the investigation begins

VIDEO: Union Pacific apologized Thursday for the disruption it caused after one of its trains that was hauling lumber, chemicals, and other materials derailed, and subsequently caught fire, while crossing a bridge over Tempe Town Lake the day prior, and said it intended to repair the bridge and to eventually resume its operations. Valley Metro was also able to resume light rail operations on Thursday afternoon. The light rail does not use the same bridge nor rail that the Union Pacific train was on. That line is primarily used for cargo trains. Crews were also able to successfully contain the chemical leak from one of the railcars that fell into a dry bed when part of the bridge collapsed, said Tempe Fire Chief Greg Ruiz during a Thursday afternoon press conference. That tank was leaking a chemical called cyclohexane, which is a flammable chemical sometimes used to make nylon or used as a paint thinner.
KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix

Related: Train derailments - 5 notable Arizona incidents, including 1973 train carrying bombs

Since the early 1900s, Arizona has seen dozens of train derailments across the state. On Wednesday, a massive fire and partial bridge collapse occurred after a freight train derailed while crossing a bridge over Tempe Town Lake. In recent decades, derailments have been caused by flash floods and potential sabotage, including the mysterious Amtrak Sunset Limited derailment that resulted in one death and 78 people injured in 1995. Here are several notable railway derailments that have occurred over the past 45 years in Arizona. Twelve bomb-laden box cars of a Southern Pacific Railroad freight train exploded after it derailed and caught fire 15 miles east of Benson on May 24, 1973. Two crewmen were slightly injured after leaping from the caboose of the moving train when they saw flames shooting 30 feet from the right side of the freight cars with bombs, according to The Arizona Republicarchives.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Kingman-area firefighters battle multi-structure blaze on Northfield Avenue

PHOTO: The Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District and Kingman Fire Department, along with two other local agencies, are battling a multi-structure fire in the 3900 block of Northfield Avenue. KFD wrote in a news release just after 3 p.m. Thursday, July 30 that a second alarm had been struck adding units from Golden Valley Fire District and Pinion Pine Fire District. “The heat is excruciating on personnel, additional personnel have been dispatched,” KFD wrote. The temperature in the Kingman area as of approximately 3 p.m. was 108 degrees, and was paired with an excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service. No injuries have been reported, and fire personnel are working to confine the fire to the origin property.
The Miner

Whetstone Fire District improvements lead to higher protection rating for Huachuca City

PHOTO: Whetstone Fire District Chief Peter Bidon and his staff received a standing ovation at a recent Huachuca City town council meeting after Bidon reported a significant improvement in the town’s ISO (Insurance Services Office) score. In January 2018 the town of Huachuca City entered into a contract with Whetstone Fire District for its fire protection services. At the time, the town’s ISO score was a 10, which is equivalent to “no fire protection.” Now, the rating is a four, reflecting improvements in a number of areas that ISO uses in its evaluation process. In his introductory remarks prior to calling Bidon to the podium to deliver his report, Huachuca City Mayor Johann Wallace praised Whetstone Fire for the town’s improved ISO score. “In all honesty, what a lot of folks didn’t understand is that there was an extreme lack of record keeping when Chief Bidon and his staff started,” Wallace said. “Records are key and critical in getting a good ISO rating.”
Sierra Vista Herald

Arizona reports record 172 new known COVID-19 deaths, 2,525 new cases as hospital numbers drop slightly

Arizona reported a record 172 additional known COVID-19 deaths and 2,525 new cases on Thursday, as hospital numbers continue slight declines but remain relatively high. The 172 new known deaths — the most reported in one day — represent the new deaths identified by the Arizona Department of Health Services that day, but many occurred days and weeks prior. Seventy-eight of the 172 new deaths are from death certificate matching, according to the department. Inpatient hospitalizations, ICU beds in use and ventilators in use by suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients all continued gradual decreases on Wednesday, according to hospital data reported to the state. Emergency department visits by COVID-19 patients increased slightly from the day prior, but still appear to be generally trending downward.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

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