Two Prescott home fires from Sunday under investigation
Only one minor injury reported
Personnel from the Prescott Fire Department responded to two home fires Sunday morning, Aug. 26.
PRESCOTT LAKES HOME
The first fire was brought to the attention of firefighters shortly after 2 a.m. A homeowner in the Prescott Lakes subdivision reported smoke coming in through his window from an unknown location.
While driving to the area, crews spotted smoke and flames coming from a home. By the time they arrived on scene, the 3000-square-foot house was already 50 percent involved in flames, according to Prescott Fire Department Engineer Dave Haskell.
It took crews nearly an hour to control the fire and another two hours to fully extinguish it. They searched the building, but no victims were found. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Though there were no injuries form the fire, the home was a complete loss, Haskell said.
Damage to the home and contents are estimated to be greater than $500,000.
PRESCOTT HEIGHTS HOME
While crews were still re-readying their equipment after the first structure fire, a second structure fire was reported to the Prescott Regional Communications Center.
At 9:47 a.m., a home owner in Prescott Heights called 911 for flames coming from a wall in their kitchen. They reported popping sounds and “lots of smoke,” Haskell said.
A Prescott police officer was the first to arrive on scene and reported that the family and animals were out of the home and that the fire was in the kitchen.
The first arriving fire crew, reported smoke coming from the garage of an about 1500-square-foot home. Hose lines were deployed and the fire was knocked down in six minutes. Crews remained on the scene for 2 hours to check for hidden fires and assure the structure was safe. Damage to the home and contents is estimated at $20,000, Haskell said.
There was one injury associated with this fire. The homeowner was evaluated by paramedics for smoke inhalation but was not transported to the hospital, Haskell said.
The investigation into the fire found electrical wiring in a cabinet in the area of the origin of the fire that did not appear to have been done by a licensed electrician, Haskell said. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
“Homeowners are advised to always use licensed contractors when having work performed on their homes,” Haskell said. “And, remember to give your smoke alarms a ‘birthday’. Change the batteries on their birthday every year to assure they will be ready to alert you when needed.”