Originally Published: August 28, 2003 6:10 p.m.
PRESCOTT – No one suffered injuries this morning in a fire that destroyed a 3,500-square-foot home that is under construction and three weeks away from completion in the Mountain Club area in Prescott.
Prescott Fire Department (PFD) spokesman Dave Peterson said that at around 2:30 a.m. heavy smoke was coming out of the structure. He said shortly thereafter it vented through the roof and the home flared up.
"It was basically fully involved," he said. "They fought it from the defensive point rather than offensive because they knew that no one was in there."
He said three PFD fire trucks, a Central Yavapai Fire District water tender and fire truck, a battalion chief and a utility truck responded to the scene. The fire is still under investigation. Officials estimated the damage to be about $350,000.
IN OTHER NEWS:
• Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) deputies arrested two Phoenix men on multiple charges Sunday after stopping them for a traffic violation.
They arrested and booked Russell Ferguson and Andres Valenzuela into the Yavapai County Jail on
charges including one count each of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
According to the YCSO report, a deputy stopped a 1964 Chevrolet El Camino that had a cracked windshield at the intersection of Highway 69 and Fain Road. While talking with the driver, Ferguson, 53, the deputy reportedly detected an odor of marijuana coming from the car. He reportedly asked Ferguson and the passenger, Valenzuela, 45, to step out of the car for questioning.
After reportedly obtaining consent to search the car, the deputy discovered a burned marijuana cigarette that was smashed onto the floor mat on the driver's side. He reportedly found a container with two additional marijuana cigarettes and a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be methamphetamine. He arrested both men on drug charges at that point.
The deputy reportedly continued his search and discovered a small package that was wrapped in plastic. It tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed more than 490 grams, which has an estimated street value of more than $50,000.
• Prescott Valley police arrested a 22-year-old Prescott Valley man on two charges in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left a motorcyclist with head injuries this past week.
According to reports, Travis Sahagun faces one count of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated driving under the influence.
Sahagun allegedly hit a motorcyclist in the evening on Aug. 20 near Lone Cactus and Calle Santa Cruz. Emergency personnel took the motorcyclist to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Sahagun reportedly left his 2000 Mitsubishi at the scene and reported it stolen.