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Firefighter: Fire in "No Man's Land" draws help from Avra Valley

Firefighters from the Avra Valley Fire District and Pinal County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a house fire in the town of Picacho just after 12:00 a.m.

Firefighter: Fire in "No Man's Land" draws help from Avra Valley

CREATED Jan 20, 2013

Web Producer: Taylor Higgins

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Avra Valley firefighters traveled nearly ten miles to fight a quickly-spreading house fire in the town of Picacho.
 
Firefighters from the Avra Valley Fire District and Pinal County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a house fire in the town of Picacho just after 12:00 a.m., according to Patrick Calhoun with the Avra Valley Fire Department. 
 
Calhoun says the town of Picacho is a "no man's land" for fire coverage, and so Avra Valley firefighters traveled eight miles out of their normal response area to battle the flames with two engines and two water tenders.  
 
Once on scene, crews found a masonry built home that was fully involved in fire, Calhoun said.
 
Calhoun tells KGUN9 that the flames from the fire spread to a car ands two travel trailers on the property.  
 
During the initial investigation, crews learned that the fire started after someone living in one of the travel trailers turned on a space heater, Calhoun said. 
 
The person living inside the trailer was able to escape without injury, and the residents of the home are staying with family members. The damage is estimated at $225,000. 
 
Calhoun offers these tips for how to safely own and operate a space heater:
  • Select a space heater with a guard around the flame area or the heating element. This will help keep children, pets and clothing away from the heat source.
  • When selecting a space heater, look for one that has been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. These heaters have been determined to meet specific space heater safety standards, and manufacturers are required to provide important use and care information to the consumer.
  • Buy a heater that is the correct size for the area you want to heat.
  • Show everyone in your home how to use a space heater properly.
  • Keep doors open to the rest of the house if you are using an un-vented fuel- burning (kerosene or natural gas) space heater. This helps to prevent pollutant build-up and promotes proper combustion. Even vented heaters require ventilation for proper combustion.
  • Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep or leave the area. For fuel-fired heaters, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide could accumulate, or unmonitored burning could cause a fire.
  • Be aware that mobile homes require specially designated heating equipment. Only electric or vented fuel-fired heaters should be used.