A fire that engulfed a three-car garage and damaged several rooms in a Lake Havasu City home caused roughly $500,000 in damage but no injuries Friday evening.
The blaze in the 2700 block of Arabian Drive started shortly after 8 p.m. and was reported by a passing motorist, according to a Lake Havasu City Fire Department press release.
Fire crews spent approximately 50 minutes putting out the flames and were on scene an additional three hours hitting hot spots and conducting salvage and overhaul. Firefighters had to stay throughout the night to watch that the blaze did not reignite. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
“I don’t know if we will be able to find the exact cause, but we are getting close to the area,” Lake Havasu City Fire Department Battalion Chief and investigator James Whitt said Saturday. “There is nothing suspicious. … The origin is the garage. We are sure of that, but we are pinpointing it better.”
Whitt and investigator John Boone were at the home digging through the debris, which included a burned out sport utility vehicle and scorched machinery. A large pool table had also fallen through the garage ceiling from a game room above.
Whitt noted that the fire had burned at over 400 degrees as indicted by a steel beam that curved in the heat.
“(Firefighters) did a great job stopping this,” Whitt said, noting that the angles of the large home added some challenges.
Three fire engines, a truck and a Battalion Chief responded, finding the garage completely in flames and fire extending into rooms above. A search revealed that the home was vacant at the time.
The homeowner had left for California only 15 minutes before the fire began and had spent years remodeling the residence, Whitt said.
After a second fire alarm was issued, every fire engine in the city and a mutual aide engine from Desert Hills were rotated in to respond because of the high temperatures and size of the blaze.
The Community Emergency Response Team provided seven volunteers, who worked refilling air bottles and rehabbing the firefighters.
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