Just before 4 p.m. on Sunday, Northwest Fire Crews were dispatched to a reported mobile home fire at 4213 N. 16th Pl, near Limberlost and Fairview.
Adam Goldberg, a spokesman for NW fire, said while crews were enroute, the initial responding engines noted a large black column of smoke and knew this was going to be a large fire. The first units arrived within five minutes to find two mobile homes well involved in fire, and a third unit that was an immediate exposure.
The incident commander called for a second alarm and the initial priorities of evacuation and containment of the fire were set in motion. Seven engines, a Ladder, several rescue companies and support units totaling 41 firefighters were at the scene.
Units were strategically placed on all sides of the fire and a defensive attach begun, Goldberg said. The fire was placed under control 25 minutes after the first company arrived. Limberlost Road was closed between Fairview and Oracle Roads and remained closed until late Sunday evening. Pima County Sheriff Department and the Tucson Police Department assisted units at the scene with traffic control and road closures.
Two civilians, living in a home just to the south of the double-wide mobile home on fire, were injured while escaping the radiant heat of the fire. A 53 year-old female was treated for minor second-degree burns to her feet after fleeing without shoes, and her 29-year-old son had first-degree burns on his feet and arms.
Both were treated at the scene but refused to be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. The son initially tried to use a garden hose to keep the fire from spreading to his parent’s home. Unfortunately their home was a total loss. A firefighter also sustained a knee injury and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is stable.
The family will be assisted by the Northwest Fire Districts Community Assistance Program and the Southern Arizona chapter of the Red Cross.
Fire Cause Investigators remain at the scene to continue to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. Damage estimates were preliminarily placed at $100,000.
Several vehicles were also damaged by the fire, but details were unavailable at this time.