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Investigation continues into Desert Hills fire

November 7, 2018 GMT

Desert Hills firefighters are continuing alongside Lake Havasu City Fire officials to investigate a fire that destroyed multiple vehicles and structures Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred at a William Drive residence, where two houses, a 20-foot camper trailer, a utility trailer, a boat trailer and three vehicles were destroyed. According to Desert Hills Fire Captain David Rodriguez, the fire had begun to spread to neighboring residences before firefighters arrived.

”This one was pretty catastrophic,” Rodriguez said Monday. “Two houses had caught fire, and we found spot-fires on adjacent properties when we arrived. We put those out right away, then started on the main fire.”

According to Rodriguez, the community of Desert Hills endures an average of three structure fires during any given year, and trailer fires are uncommon. The elements, however, played a significant role in the fire’s spread Sunday afternoon.

“Almost as soon as we arrived, the wind was ripping southward,” Rodriguez said. “That’s when a lot of the damage happened. The wind was so bad that it blew soot everywhere across the way, and into people’s yards and driveways.”

When the blaze was subdued, neighbors helped to sweep soot back toward the scene of the fire, and away from the roadway. Firefighters remained on the scene until about 8:30 p.m., Rodriguez said, but one unit remained until early Monday morning to prevent pedestrians from wandering too close to the scene prior to the department’s investigation.

While one family has been rendered homeless in the incident, no injuries were reported. A family pet, however, was killed in the blaze. Volunteers from the American Red Cross were on the scene to render aid to the victims, according to Red Cross officials. The organization will offer services such as money for clothing, food, hotel accommodations and prescription medication replacements, should they be required.

The Red Cross will also offer the services of a caseworker to assist victims with long-term financial recovery.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and additional details will be released as more information becomes available.