At about 1 PM on Tuesday, December 22nd, Prescott Regional Communications Center received a 911 call for a structure fire in the 1400 block of Eagle Ridge Road in Prescott. When the initial unit arrived on scene they found a homeowner with a garden hose trying to keep the garage fire at bay. Fire crews were able to go in and finish off extinguishing the fire. Crews were then able to use their thermal imaging cameras to verify that the fire and heat did not spread any more inside the walls. Two engine crews remained on scene for about 45 minutes and the cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.
This structure fire did not have to do with Christmas trees, but this is a good time to learn to be fire smart when it comes to Christmas tree safety. Make sure that your tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, candles, heater vents or lights. Add water to the tree stand and make sure to top it off daily. Remember to replace any string of lights when they are worn, have broken cords or loose bulb connections. Before you go to bed, always turn off the lights on your tree and be sure to get rid of the tree after Christmas or when the tree becomes dry.
Remember, the best gift that you can give your family is a safe and secure home.
Photos courtesy of Division Chief Scott Luedeman.