On The Job Arizona: Fire Destroys Three Businesses On Prescott's Historic Whiskey Row

On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, a two-alarm fire destroyed three businesses in downtown Prescott, AZ, on the historic Whiskey Row.


On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, a two-alarm fire destroyed three businesses in downtown Prescott, AZ, on the historic Whiskey Row. A defensive attack was ordered and roof operations were stopped when firefighters discovered the fire was running across concealed spaces in the common attic above the...


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As fire operations continued, the commanding officer, Devendorf requested a general recall at 6:45 P.M. Approximately 10 off-duty personnel responded to staff reserve apparatus for other responses. The Groom Creek and Chino Valley fire districts each responded with an engine and three personnel to provide additional move-up coverage.

Defensive operations

Prescott Truck 71 was positioned in the rear alley and supplied with a 100-foot, four-inch line. Defensive operations included two aerial master streams on the Alpha side and one aerial master stream and one deck gun on the Charlie side. Each master stream was operating at 1,000 gpm. Four 2½-inch lines were left in service and used as needed on both the Alpha and Charlie sides of the incident.

Operations Chief Ralph Lucas declared the fire under control at 9 P.M. Mutual aid departments were released at midnight. The last Prescott units left the scene at 4 P.M. on May 9.

More than 50 firefighters operated nine engines, three aerial devices, one deck gun and four handlines at the scene. Five hydrants on the municipal water system supplied 750,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire. The temperature at the time of the fire was 70 degrees with light winds. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries. Firefighters contained the fire to the building of origin without any extension to the other buildings in the historic area.

An investigation by the Prescott Fire Department, Central Yavapai Fire District and Maricopa County Fire Investigation Task Force determined that the cause of the fire was accidental. Damage was estimated at $1 million to the building and $1 million to the contents. n