Fire near Mammoth destroys home

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Not much remains from a fire July 15 south of Mammoth. James Carnes | Miner

San Manuel Miner

On Tuesday July 15, 2014, Pinal Rural Fire Rescue received an alarm at 8:22 a.m. from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office that there was a structure fire on S. Drillstone Ave., south of Mammoth. Pinal Rural had its first engine on the scene at 8:29 a.m. and found that a house was on fire.

The Mammoth Volunteer Fire Department assisted with fighting the fire. They provided an engine and four firefighters. Pinal Rural had two engines on the scene. San Manuel and Oracle fire departments were called but were unable to respond due to shortage of manpower and the need to protect their area. Tri City Med responded and assisted with rehab.

“Fighting the fire was a challenge,” said Pinal Rural Fire Chief Bud Paine. There were no fire hydrants in the area so engines had to be shuttled to Mammoth to fill their water tanks from the nearest hydrants. One engine would stay and fight the fire while two engines went to refill their water tanks. This played a factor in the rapid growth of the fire. Another factor was that the fleeing residents had left doors and windows open. This provides a huge oxygen source which accelerated the fire very quickly and made it impossible to do an inside attack on the fire.

Chief Paine would like to let the public know that if they have a home fire, make sure you get out safely but if you have time and it is not a danger to you make sure you shut any doors and open windows on the way out. This will help the responding fire department.

It was determined to be grease that ignited in the kitchen of the house and spread to the attic that resulted in the house being destroyed. Pinal Rural remained on the scene until 6:30 p.m. They returned the next afternoon and made sure there were no hot spots under the debris. No one was injured although a woman who was already on oxygen lost her portable oxygen tank. Paramedics provided her with oxygen and sat with her until the lady’s oxygen tank provider delivered a new tank.

Chief Payne would like to thank the Mammoth Volunteer Fire Department for their help, Tri City Med and the Town of Mammoth for letting them fill their water tanks from the hydrants.

John Hernandez (577 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    ADEQ Announces $62,850 Brownfields Grant to the Town of Miami, Gila County, AZ

    October 19th, 2017
    by

    PHOENIX (October 19, 2017) – Arizona Department of Environmental Quality(ADEQ) officials announced today a $62,850 Brownfields Grant award to the Town of […]


    Legends of Superior Trail to host celebration

    October 16th, 2017
    by

      The Legends of Superior Trails (LOST) Inc will be hosting a informational meeting and celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 18, […]


    Superior town manager addresses ad hoc committee on public safety retirement system

    October 16th, 2017
    by

      Old firefighters never die. They just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved.   […]


    Miner swimmers shine at invitational

    October 16th, 2017
    by

      The Miner Swimmers had a busy week with a 4 way meet against Salpointe, Canyon Del Oro, and Desert […]


  • Additional Stories

    Mammoth Elementary STEM School busy with education programs

    October 16th, 2017
    by

      The Mammoth Elementary Stem School was busy this week presenting educational programs for their students.   On Tuesday, Oct. […]


    San Manuel falls in double-OT thriller

    October 16th, 2017
    by

      The now No. 15-ranked San Manuel football team couldn’t convert a game-tying two-point conversion in the second overtime of […]


    Introducing the Hayden Junior High Volleyball Team

    October 16th, 2017
    by

      The Hayden Junior High Volleyball Team traveled to Oracle to play the Mt. Vista Lady Cougars on Monday, Oct. […]


    Jovanna Calzadillas critically injured in Las Vegas tragedy

    October 16th, 2017
    by

      Jovanna Calzadillas was critically injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 when 58 people […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger