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Kingman Fire Department battles two early morning blazes


DOUG McMURDO/Miner

Fire gutted this fifth wheel camper in the early morning Thursday. Nobody was injured in the blaze, which was one of two structure fires called in within 20 minutes.

KINGMAN - Firefighters had a busy early morning on Thursday.

A Kingman man escaped injury in the pre-dawn hours when fire destroyed the fifth wheel camper he was temporarily living in, according to Keith Eaton, assistant chief of the Kingman Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived in the 500 block of Beverly Avenue at about 4:20 a.m., where they found the 32-foot camper fully involved.

Flames and smoke could be seen as far away as Stockton Hill Road and Gordon Drive, said Eaton.

Fifteen firefightersfrom two battalions and five engines spent about three-and-a-half hours battling the blaze and then mopping up, said Eaton.

The man, described as being in his 60s, took refuge with a neighbor, said Eaton.

"We were lucky," said Ponch Ruiz, who owns the property. "We thought we were going to get burned out, but they (firefighters) did a good job."

Meanwhile, at about 4:40 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 900 block of Center Street.

The fire was contained to a recliner and carpet in a room. Kingman police extinguished the blaze prior to firefighters' arrival, said Eaton. Smoke alarms alerted the residents, a mother and her two sons, who were allowed to reoccupy the home.

Fire investigators regard neither fire suspicious and investigations are ongoing, said Eaton.









 

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