At least 20 9-1-1 calls were placed by Lake Havasu City citizens about 8:35 a.m. Friday that led local first-responders to a fully involved RV garage fire at a residence in the 3300 block of Iroquois Drive, in Havasu.
Lake Havasu City Fire Chief Dennis Mueller said the number of reports centered on heavy smoke and fire coming from a large RV garage. The three occupants safely evacuated themselves from the residence; two required medical attention.
One patient was located at a neighbor’s and was transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center. A second patient was treated and released on scene. No other injuries were reported in relation to the fire.
With a boat on fire in the RV garage, one of the occupants told fire officials there were several high-pressure cylinders in the vicinity of where the firefighters were working.
Lake Havasu City Fire Department responded with all on-duty crews. Thirteen off-duty firefighters also reported to duty, and Desert Hills Fire Department moved up to provide coverage for the city during the incident.
After arriving, the Havasu firefighters gained control of the fire within 22 minutes and fully extinguished it within an hour.
Lake Havasu City Community Emergency Response Team responded with 14 volunteers to provide rehab services for the working firefighters. In all, CERT exchanged 36 air bottles for the firefighters.
The origin of the fire hasn’t yet been determined. Fire officials continue to investigate the incident.
The home was valued at $475,000. Damage was estimated at $100,000 for the structure, and $50,000 for the contents.
The damage was mostly confined to the garage with some damage inside resulting from the fire fight, Mueller said.
Lake Havasu City police and River Medical also responded to the incident.
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