At 3pm Monday afternoon the Prescott Regional Communications Center received multiple calls for a structure fire on Sonora Drive in Prescott, which lies adjacent to the northwest corner of Granite Creek Park. Four Prescott Fire Department (PFD) engines and one Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) engine responded to the incident as well as four command staff members from PFD.
The first arriving units found an abandoned multi-story building with heavy smoke and fire involvement. Due to the heavy fire conditions and lack of occupants in the building, crews took a defensive stance and proceeded to knock down the fire from the building’s exterior. Initial fire control was complicated by a live electrical line which had fallen to the ground and was arcing until APS employees were able to de-energize the line. Once an initial knock down was accomplished, crews proceeded to use chainsaws and hand tools to pull away siding and cool hot pockets in the walls. The entire operation lasted three hours.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The property owners reported that the structure itself was over a hundred years old. No firefighters were hurt during the incident.