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Fire breaks out across from Yuma High football field
The Yuma Fire Department responded to a fire Tuesday morning at a home across the street from the Yuma High School football field.
Shortly after 8, a house was reported to be ablaze near 5th Street and 7th Avenue. Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from 500½ S. 7th Ave.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the adjoining main residence on the property, bringing it under control and extinguishing it quickly.
"They got here super fast and quickly got everything under control," said Yuma High Security Guard Julio Navarro of the department's response.
Navarro said he and others were making rounds on campus when they noticed smoke rising into the air. Moments later one of the school's maintenance personnel called it in over a radio.
"We were already walking over there because we saw the smoke," Navarro said. "There was a little cloud of smoke at first, then in a matter of minutes there were flames."
Navarro said when he and another security guard got to the area they began diverting traffic out of the area. He added the school's resource officer was there and was rescuing the home owner's two dogs.
"He sprayed them off with the garden hose," Navarro said. "Once he got them, the owner grabbed them."
YFD spokesman Mike Erfert said the home and contents were heavily damaged. A resident was reported to have been home at the time the fire started, he added, but was able to evacuate and was not injured.
Access to 5th Street in the 700 and 800 blocks was shut down during the fire. The school campus was not endangered and there was no disruption to school operations.
YFD and Police Department investigators remained on the scene, working to determine the cause of the fire.
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