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Local handyman sees home on fire, tries to knock it down until firefighters get there

Fire personnel with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) work to extinguish a fire that consumed part of a home along Onyx Drive in Prescott Valley Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13.

Photo by Max Efrein.

Fire personnel with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) work to extinguish a fire that consumed part of a home along Onyx Drive in Prescott Valley Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13.

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Fire personnel with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority responded to a home fire in the 5400 block of Onyx Drive Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13.

Fred Lore was driving along Highway 69 in Prescott Valley Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, when he spotted smoke coming from a home atop Onyx Drive.

Instead of simply continuing on his way and figuring it was someone else’s problem, he drove up the street, walked up to the home, and saw that its back patio was on fire. No one seemed to be home, so he called 911 before grabbing the closest garden hose he could find and doing what he could to prevent the blaze from moving up the wall of the home.

“I knew if that deck went up (in flames) that was it,” Lore said. “I’m a handyman/maintenance guy, and I know those decks will go up like nothing.”

From what he could tell, the fire may have started from a vacuum cleaner.

“A vacuum cleaner on the back deck was on fire,” he said.

Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) responded to the scene around 3:30 p.m., got the blaze under control and monitored the home to ensure the fire remained extinguished.

Follow Max Efrein on Twitter @mefrein, email him at mefrein@prescottaz.com or call him at 928-445-3333 ext. 1105.