By the time deputies were able to respond to a reported residential structure fire in Yarnell on Thursday, Dec. 21, the home was already a total loss.
The call came in just before 8 p.m., according to a news release. Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 22000 block of Lakewood Drive, Yarnell, said Dwight D’Evelyn, YCSO’s spokesman. When they arrived on scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames and the two occupants had already evacuated.
Personnel from Yarnell, Congress, Peeples Valley, and Wickenburg fire departments arrived shortly after to contain the blaze, but faced a challenge: the fire had spread into a wooded section southwest of the home.
Fortunately, firefighters were able to gain control of the situation before nearby homes were impacted, D’Evelyn said. Neighbors had reported hearing explosions during the incident.
The fire was eventually extinguished, but not before it destroyed a motorhome and storage shed, in addition to the primary residence. Estimated cost on the loss has not been determined.
The residents told deputies they were watching television when they heard the smoke alarm sounding. They checked their “sun room” and saw smoke coming from inside the walls. An attempt to use a fire extinguisher was unsuccessful and the fire spread into the ceiling. The two occupants grabbed some important items and escaped successfully.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation with electrical concerns noted as a possible factor.