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Prescott home total loss in difficult firefight
Occupants evacuated safely

Firefighters battle a home fire in the 3100 block of Rainbow Ridge Dr. in Prescott Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22.
Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Firefighters battle a home fire in the 3100 block of Rainbow Ridge Dr. in Prescott Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22.

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A home fire in Prescott Tuesday, Jan. 22, is believed to have started below the home's back porch in a sub-basement.

Firefighters were unable to save a Prescott home Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Smoke coming from a 3,500-square-foot home in the 3100 block of Rainbow Ridge Dr. (near the Prescott Gateway Mall) was first reported around 12:40 p.m.

When firefighter crews arrived, it appeared a fire had started in the home’s sub-basement and was spreading throughout its foundation, fire agency personnel told the Courier. They first made sure the occupants – an elderly couple – were safely evacuated.

Firefighters from two type 3 fire engines and two ladder trucks then started to attack the blaze, but the situation proved difficult.

The large multi-story home was sitting below the street on a hill and the fire’s origin was on the lower end of the property. It was clear the fire was getting out of hand and the building’s walls were buckling, so interior crews were pulled out and defensive tactics were taken to prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring trees and properties.

Two more fire alarms were sounded in the subsequent hours to bring in reinforcements from throughout the Quad-cities as the fight went on. The effort to prevent the fire from spreading beyond the home was successful, but so much water was used that a residential property further down the hill experienced some flooding damage, fire officials said.

In the end, the home was considered a complete loss.

“We anticipate leaving a fire watch throughout the night in case anything lights back up over the course of the evening,” said Prescott Fire Department Engineer Eric Jackson.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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

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