High Country Fire-Rescue (HCFR) responded to a private residence structural fire today in Valle, Arizona, our northern most response area. The call originated via a citizen calling 911 with HCFR toned out at approximately 11:15 a.m. Our department responded with five firefighters, command vehicle, two engines and one water tender. Additionally responding were two firefighters and one engine from Junipine Fire District, and three firefighters and one engine from Tusayan Fire District.
A Coconino County Sheriff Deputy (CCSO) was first on-scene and determined property owner was not present. Upon HCFR’s arrival a section of the fire had already spread to the attic with the roof self vented and the structure three-fourths involved. At such time, it was determined to be unsafe for any firefighter entrance inside the structure. Therefore, all personnel took a defensive attack to control the fire to eliminate it spreading to other structures on the property or the ground cover adjacent to the involved structure. The main house structure was a total loss.
Cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. The CCSO Deputy contract the property owner to inform them of the fire and resulting damage. There were no injuries of personnel during this response. All units were clear of the scene at approximately 4:30 p.m.
High Country would like to thank the Coconino County Sheriff Deputy, Junipine Fire District and Tusayan Fire District personnel and apparatus during this response, and Sherwood Forest Fire District for being on stand-by to respond as needed.
Photo credits: Chief R. Trotter