Arizona FFs Respond to Commercial Building Fire

On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at 12:11 a.m. the Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in a commercial strip mall at 1531 Jill Way, under the command of Battalion Chief Bret Scholz.

Both stations and Tanker 92 were dispatched. Bullhead City Fire Station Five was also dispatched on automatic aid. Captain Mac Donald saw the amount of smoke and flames while responding and requested Ladder 11 from Bullhead Station One. Battalion Chief Don Evans with BCFD also responded.

Fort Mojave Mesa firefighters aggressively attacked the fire from the interior of one suite of a six-suite group of studios and offices of Cameron Broadcasting. However, the fire had vented into a common attic space and was traveling east and west. Mohave Valley Fire Department responded with an engine and Division Chief Bob Kemp. An additional Ladder Truck from Bullhead was also requested.

Chief Kemp commanded rehab operations with Mohave Valley’s Rehab, Fort Mojave’s Light/Air Trailer and Bullhead’s Emergency Services Unit.

Void space building construction allowed the fire to move into another business in the L-shaped mall. Two businesses were protected.

There were no injuries to any of the 34 firefighters. Both business of Cameron Broadcasting and Xpress Graphics were 100 percent destroyed.

Fire Marshal Darrell Raburn and Chief Kemp investigated the cause of the fire. The fire has been ruled accidental. It appears to have started in an electrical sub-panel in one of the suites.