Firefighters from four different departments responded to a pallet fire Friday afternoon, which sent a huge plume of black smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.
Spokesperson Charly McMurdie said the fire broke out around 3 p.m. and was located on County 14th Street, just east of Highway 95.
“It is a pallet fire, and a big one,” McMurdie said. “We received multiple 911 calls reporting it, and homes are endangered.”
McMurdie said that firefighters from the Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department were on scene first, arriving three minutes before Rural/Metro firefighters.
Due to the amount of smoke coming from the fire, the first Rural/Metro unit dispatched to the fire upgraded the assignment - asking for additional support.
The Yuma Fire Department and the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Fire Department also responded to mutual aid requests.
Traffic in the area was backed up all the way east to Airport Loop Road while firefighters fought to extinguish the blaze. Deputies from the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office were conducting traffic control.
There were no reports of any injuries, but the Red Cross was on standby waiting to assist any home owners whose houses were destroyed and helping firefighters cool off and stay hydrated.