3 fires keep crews busy; 1 blaze de­stroys boat

Yuma Sun - - OPINION - BY JAMES GILBERT @YSJAMESGILBERT

Fire­fight­ers from the Ru­ral/Metro Fire De­part­ment had a busy day on Thurs­day, re­spond­ing to three early morn­ing fires, two that hap­pened roughly 15 min­utes apart, and an­other that com­pletely de­stroyed a boat.

Spokesper­son Charly McMur­die said that the first of the fires hap­pened at ap­prox­i­mately 3:15 a.m. with fire­fight­ers re­spond­ing to a re­port of a brush fire along the Levy Road in the vicin­ity of Av­enue 4E.

“No struc­tures were en­dan­gered from this fire,” McMur­die said.

Fire­fight­ers were on scene for roughly two hours fight­ing the fire and pre­vent­ing it from spread­ing, be­fore even­tu­ally turn­ing it over to Bu­reau of Land Man­age­ment fire­fight­ers once they ar­rived on scene.

A sec­ond fire broke out at about 3:25 a.m., McMur­die said, with a wa­ter ten­der be­ing sent to High­way 95 and Av­enue 4E for a re­port of a haystack fire.

It took fire­fight­ers about 30 min­utes to ex­tin­guish that fire, and once they were done there the wa­ter ten­der and its crew was re­as­signed to as­sist with the fire on the levy road.

The third and fi­nal fire was re­ported at about 8:10 a.m. in the 8500 block of Mo­jave Lane, with the Ru­ral/Metro dis­patch re­ceiv­ing sev­eral 911 calls re­port­ing that a boat be­ing stored on a lot was on fire,

“Some of the call­ers re­ported that the brush around the boat was also on fire,” McMur­die said

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived on scene they found the boat on fire and up­graded the as­sign­ment. The sur­round­ing grass was also on fire along with the boat.

Fire­fight­ers quickly went to work putting the fire out. No one was dis­placed and no one was in­jured.

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.

LOANED PHOTO/RU­RAL METRO FIRE DE­PART­MENT

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS FROM THE RU­RAL/METRO FIRE DE­PART­MENT had a busy day on Thurs­day, re­spond­ing to three early morn­ing fires, one of which was in the in the area of the 8500 block of Mo­jave Lane and com­pletely de­stroyed a boat that was stored on a lot.

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