YUMA, Ariz. – Firefighters were slowed down by live power lines while they battled a fire that burned two sheds.
Yuma Fire Department (YFD) firefighters arrived on scene Tuesday afternoon to put the fire out but ran into a problem. They weren’t able to immediately fight the blaze because there was live high voltage electrical wires down in the back yard, according to a report published by the city of Yuma.
The wires kept fire crews from coming directly into the yard until Arizona Public Service (APS) crews shut down those power lines. The report says several occupants of the home were safely evacuated.
Once firefighters had clear access to the yard the were able to extinguish the flames. The two sheds and their contents were badly damaged however the fire didn’t touch the house on the property. The vacant home next door suffered minor damage from the heat.
The incident happened in the area of 19th Street and Sixth Avenue.
There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.