Arizona Firefighters Battle House Fire


On Weds., Aug.18, 2010 the Bullhead City Fire Department responded with one engine, one ladder truck, one water tender, one ambulance and one Public Information Officer to a residential fire in the 4100 block of Gold Stake Rd., under the command of Battalion Chief Don Evans.

The first arriving Engine from Fire Station Three advised that the fire had already burned through the roof with heavy smoke and flames. Defensive tactics were immediately put into place. Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire from two sides with hand lines. The water supply was a concern because there are no hydrants in the area commonly known as Billy Goat Acres at Katherine’s Landing.

Chief Evans did respond the water tender with 2,500 gallons and a long travel time from Fire Station One on Hancock Rd. Ladder 21 was also en route to the fire. Chief Evans also requested the National Park Service fire engine. The water tender and the National Park Service engine did have to shuttle water from a hydrant fifteen minutes away several times.

Firefighters continued to attack the fire with a coordinated effort when water was available, and used hand tools to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent wildland. Fortunately there was very little wind. The home and contents were a total loss.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Department responded a Deputy for a report. The American Red Cross provided services to the husband and wife.

The fire appears to have been started in the kitchen by an accidental cooking incident.