Mo­torhome dam­aged in morn­ing fire

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGIL­BERT

In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Yuma Fire De­part­ment have yet to de­ter­mine what caused a recre­ational ve­hi­cle to catch fire Thurs­day morn­ing.

While there were no in­juries, the mo­torhome and its con­tents did sus­tain heavy dam­age.

YFD spokesman Mike Er­fert said that at about 10:30 a.m. a recre­ational ve­hi­cle was re­ported to be on fire in the 1100 block of South Myr­tle Av­enue.

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived on scene, Er­fert said they found heavy smoke and fire com­ing from a mo­torhome in a dirt lot at the south end of Myr­tle Av­enue. Fire­fight­ers se­cured a wa­ter sup­ply and quickly ex­tin­guished the fire be­fore it could spread to any sur­round­ing struc­tures.

Com­pli­cat­ing mat­ters was that the clos­est fire hy­drant was over a city block away on 11th Street and fire­fight­ers had to lay sev­eral hun­dred feet of wa­ter sup­ply line to the hy­drant to be able to ef­fec­tively fight the fire.

Er­fert said the mo­torhome was be­ing used as a per­ma­nent res­i­dence and the only res­i­dent was not home at the time of the fire.

The fire orig­i­nated in­side the mo­torhome, but the cause has not yet been de­ter­mined.

LOANED PHOTO/YUMA FIRE DE­PART­MENT

WITH THE CLOS­EST HY­DRANT OVER A BLOCK AWAY, City of Yuma fire­fight­ers had to lay sev­eral hun­dred feet of wa­ter sup­ply line Thurs­day morn­ing to put out a mo­torhome fire in the 1100 block of South Myr­tle Av­enue.

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