Res­i­dent dis­placed after apart­ment fire


No one was in­jured, but one per­son was dis­placed fol­low­ing a late-night apart­ment fire in Yuma on Monday.

The fire broke out just be­fore 10 p.m. in an apart­ment at 1700 S. Crow­der Ave., ac­cord­ing to Yuma Fire Depart­ment spokesper­son Mike Er­fert.

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived on scene, they found smoke and flames com­ing from unit No. 3 of the com­plex. The oc­cu­pants had safely evac­u­ated and apart­ments on ei­ther side of where the fire was burn­ing were also evac­u­ated.

Er­fert said that the fire orig­i­nated in the laun­dry area wall, spread­ing to the at­tic, and that flames were show­ing through the roof. Fire­fight­ers quickly con­tained and ex­tin­guished the fire. Dam­age was lim­ited to the laun­dry room wall, ceil­ing, at­tic and roof above. The fire was also con­tained to the apart­ment where the fire oc­curred, with apart­ments on ei­ther side able to be re­oc­cu­pied.

The apart­ment that sus­tained dam­age will not be able to be re­oc­cu­pied un­til re­pairs are done. There were no in­juries and the oc­cu­pant was as­sisted by fam­ily mem­bers. The cause of the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Yuma Fire Depart­ment would like to re­mind res­i­dents that fire can spread quickly, dou­bling in size ev­ery minute it is burn­ing. Know­ing two ways out of ev­ery room and quickly us­ing that knowl­edge to safely evac­u­ate in the event of a fire, en­sur­ing that ev­ery­one else is safely out, and quickly re­port­ing the fire via 911, all help re­duce in­jury and dam­age.

Re­mem­ber, “Ev­ery sec­ond counts: Plan two ways out!”


CITY OF YUMA FIRE­FIGHT­ERS RE­SPONDED TO A FIRE that broke out Monday just be­fore 10 p.m. in the laun­dry room of an apart­ment at 1700 S. Crow­der Ave. Fire­fight­ers quickly con­tained and ex­tin­guished the fire, and dam­age was lim­ited to the laun­dry room...

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