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9:21 AM Thu, Sept. 20th

Police Report: Lightning likely cause of fire at Camp Pinerock

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PRESCOTT - Prescott Fire Department and Central Yavapai Fire District firefighters on Saturday needed just 20 minutes to knock down a structure fire in the 900 block of Hemlock Avenue at Camp Pinerock off Copper Basin Road.

Prescott Fire public information officer Jeff Jones said investigators believe a lightning strike caused the fire inside an unoccupied 800-square-foot A-frame summer cabin located at the camp.

Prescott firefighters received a call at 10:45 a.m. and needed four engines to snuff out the blaze, the flames from which were shooting out the cabin's roof. It took crews an additional hour and a half to extinguish the fire's hot spots.

Jones said firefighters found no functioning smoke detectors in the cabin, which investigators estimate sustained $35,000 worth of damage.