Two adults, five children and seven pets were left homeless Wednesday afternoon when a fire destroyed two mobile homes and a residence in the 300 block of 41st Avenue in Yuma.

Spokesperson Charly McMurdie said that at about 12:25 p.m. Rural/Metro received multiple 911 calls from residents who live in the vicinity. One call came from a neighbor who stated they saw flames coming from the residence.

"A deputy from the sheriff's office was also approaching the street at the time and reported the fire," McMurdie said.

McMurdie said the deputy reported that two mobile homes on the property, in addition to the residence, were also on fire.

When firefighters from Rural/Metro arrived on scene, they found the home and both trailers completely engulfed and quickly went to work extinguishing the fire.

Because Rural/Metro had firefighters still out on a call earlier the same morning for a brush fire, McMurdie said they were unavailable and requested mutual aid from the City of Yuma Fire Department.

The fire was extinguished a short time later, but firefighters were unable to save any of the structures.

The Red Cross was called to the scene, and according to spokesman Michael Sagara, the disaster action team is meeting with the individuals who were displaced and will provide assistance.

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office and Yuma Police Department provided traffic control during the incident.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

James Gilbert can be reached at or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.


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