YUMA, Ariz. – A Yuma family is recovering after a fire damaged their home Tuesday evening in the Foothills.
One resident was home at the time of the fire along with his two dogs. The resident was able to exit the fire safely with one of his dogs, and the second dog was later rescued from the fire. All three of them are fine, but the home is not in great condition.
“I think this family is very lucky,” says Charly McMurdie of the Rural/Metro Fire Department. “Standing in front of the house you actually don’t see a lot of damage. So it makes you wonder if there was even a fire there at all. However, since the fire started in the back of the house, the damage is quite extensive.”
The Rural/Metro Fire Department also stresses the importance of fire safety—especially this coming Labor Day weekend.
“Maintain your landscaping. Make sure your grass is cut if you have grass. Make sure your shrubs are trimmed back. If it’s dead pull it up. If you have trash in the backyard pick it up and throw it away,” explains McMurdie. “If you decide to set up your fire pit, roast some marshmallows, grill, make sure that your grill or fire pit is completely cool before you’re done.”