Sedona AZ (February 6, 2019) – Shortly before 1 a.m. on the morning of February 5, Sedona firefighters responded to 30 Beaver Street in the Village of Oak Creek for a reported structure fire. When crews arrived, fire was venting out of the roof of the structure and both residents had exited the building. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, but damage to the structure was extensive.
“The residents of the home had awoken to fire in the walls and ceiling of the structure before the smoke alarms had started to sound,” said Fire Investigator Rick Evans, “This gave them a few seconds head start in escaping a fast moving fire. They were lucky they got out when they did.” Evans did confirm that the smoke detectors were operable and began sounding while the occupants were exiting the structure.
Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be damaged electrical wiring. “If you suspect that an outlet is damaged or broken, you should not use it until it has repaired by an electrician,” said Evans.
No injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported and damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $150,000.
Arizona Crisis Team (ACT) assisted the occupants in obtaining some short-term lodging. ACT is a non-profit organization that provides emotional, practical and resource assistance to citizens who have been impacted by any type of crisis – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information on ACT, visit https://www.azcrisisteam.org/.