2 Apache Junction homes damaged in fires


An electrical issue is the possible cause of one recent home fire and a misused space heater at another, a Superstition Fire and Medical District official said.

SFMD and the Mesa Fire and Medical Department were dispatched to two house fires the morning of Sunday, March 22. SFMD Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Richard Ochs, public information officer, said.

Firefighters were first dispatched to the 800 block of West Apache Trail in Apache Junction just after 6:30 a.m.

“The first engine company arrived in five minutes to find a mobile home heavily involved with fire. Two occupants had escaped the fire on their own after being awoke by their dog,” Assistant Chief Ochs said.

“Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in about six minutes and prevent it from spreading to adjacent homes. A preliminary investigation displays that the fire may have been caused by an electrical issue. No injuries occurred in the incident,” he said.

While some firefighters were still on the scene of this incident, a second house fire occurred in the 2400 block of West Tepee Street in Apache Junction just before 8:30 a.m., he said.

“The first unit arrived in less than four minutes and again found a home well-involved with fire,” Assistant Chief Ochs said.

“Four occupants were home at the time of the fire --- three adults and one child. Everyone was able to escape the home on their own prior to the arrival of the firefighters,” he said.

One adult male was treated for a minor burn injury and transported to a hospital, he said.

“This fire appears to have been caused by misuse of a space heater. The family was assisted by the Red Cross to arrange temporary shelter,” he said.