Aban­doned downtown home burns

Cause un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion; build­ing was thought to be 100 years old

Yuma Sun - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGILBERT James Gil­bert can be reached at jgilbert@yu­masun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Face­book at www.Face­book.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twit­ter @ YSJamesGilbert.

What was thought to be a more than cen­tury-old aban­doned home in downtown Yuma caught fire late Tues­day night, and the cause is now un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to a Yuma Fire Depart­ment spokesper­son.

Mike Er­fert said the home, lo­cated in the 400 block of Main Street, was be­lieved to have been con­structed in 1900 and was a to­tal loss.

Ini­tially, the fire was re­ported just be­fore 10 p.m. to be in the 300 block of Main Street, which Er­fert said turned out to be a wrong ad­dress.

How­ever, once firefighters ar­rived on scene they found heavy smoke and flames com­ing from a twos­tory res­i­dence at 441 S. Main St.

“Both sto­ries were on fire with flames com­ing through the roof of the build­ing,” Er­fert said.

Firefighters worked to con­tain and ex­tin­guish the fire, with fire crews re­main­ing on the scene through the night and into the fol­low­ing day on “fire watch” deal­ing with hot spots and flare-ups, ac­cord­ing to Er­fert.

There were no known in­juries.

The build­ing was va­cant, how­ever, Er­fert said tres­passers had been re­moved from the prop­erty ear­lier in the week.

The Yuma Fire Depart­ment would like to re­mind city res­i­dents that they can help the po­lice and fire de­part­ments by re­port­ing sus­pi­cious in­di­vid­u­als and cir­cum­stances.

Be aware of any­one hang­ing around va­cant build­ing — or act­ing like they are try­ing to hide from view — or in busi­ness ar­eas or parks after hours, es­pe­cially late at night.

Re­port­ing this type of sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the po­lice im­me­di­ately can pre­vent crimes and even save lives.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about ar­son crimes can con­tact the po­lice depart­ment, or in­for­ma­tion can also be pro­vided anony­mously through the Silent Wit­ness tip line at 78-CRIME (782-7463).

LOANED PHO­TOS/ YUMA FIRE DEPART­MENT

THE HOME, LO­CATED IN THE 400 BLOCK OF MAIN STREET, was be­lieved to have been con­structed in 1900 and was a to­tal loss.

CITY OF YUMA FIREFIGHTERS re­sponded to re­port of a house fire in the 300 block of Main Street shortly be­fore 10 p.m. Tues­day. Once on scene they found heavy smoke and flames com­ing from a two-story res­i­dence. After the fire was ex­tin­guished fire crews re­mained on the scene through the night and into the fol­low­ing day on “fire watch” deal­ing with hot spots and flare-ups.

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