On Tuesday, June 23 at 2 p.m., the Bullhead City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 3388 South Ridge Ave.
Division Chief Kinsey was first to arrive on scene, reporting heavy smoke and flames from a three car garage with residential exposures to the east and west. Highs winds from the south were a concern and feeding the fire. Two vehicles in the driveway were also on fire.
Chief Kinsey immediately requested Clark County Fire Department from Laughlin, Nev. for mutual aid.
Afternoon moderate were exceeding 110 degrees with heavy fire and smoke conditions. As Engine 21, arrived firefighters aggressively attacked the fire through the unburned living quarters and held flames to the garage. This offence tactic proved vital to containing flames to the garage with only smoke and heat damage to the interior of the residence.
As additional engines arrived, crews were strategically placed to stop the fire from spreading to the residence.
Flames did penetrate the attic between the garage and the attached residence, however interior firefighting efforts held the fire to the garage. Crews maintained a cautious attack on the garage as the roof had significant flame damage, which proved valuable when the garage roof collapsed.
Several inspection holes were cut into the ceiling and roof check for fire extension. Most of the family's belongings in the residence were protected with fire department salvage covers. One firefighter sustained a small burn injury during the fire fight.
A systematic and aggressive fire attack proved valuable in saving the attached residence and its contents.
The cause of this fire remains under investigation.