Fire leaves Prescott families homeless

PRESCOTT – At least three families are without homes after a two-alarm fire on Wednesday morning caused significant damage to their apartments in Prescott.

Luckily, no one suffered any injuries.

Prescott Fire Department spokesman Ralph Lucas said the fire department received a 2:50 a.m. call of a sounding fire alarm in the Woodland apartments, 824 W. Gurley St.

When the first crew arrived on the scene, flames were coming out of the 18-unit building, he said. The firefighters had to evacuate residents and call additional personnel for assistance. When another two engines, a ladder truck and a battalion chief got on the scene, the fire was so intense that the battalion chief decided that he needed additional equipment and personnel to suppress the blaze.

Lucas said the first crew perhaps saved some lives because certain occupants couldn’t get out. He said one woman didn’t want to leave her apartment because she was on oxygen. He said firemen had to carry her out and then medical personnel placed her on oxygen outside the fire perimeter.

Lucas said that firemen confined the blaze to three apartments. He said fire investigators are still investigating the cause of the fire, but it doesn’t appear to be suspicious. He said initial estimates of the damage were unavailable.

The Daily Courier attempted to reach a manager at the apartment complex, but according to a woman who took the call, no one was available.

Contact the reporter at mburicadam@prescottaz.com