After the fire

Shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Monday, a fire was reported at 545 West 37th Place, and when firefighters arrived on scene they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage at that location. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire before it could extend into the living spaces of the home.

Firefighters from the City of Yuma Fire Department responded to a garage fire Monday evening.

The department received a call shortly after 9:00 p.m. reporting the fire at 545 West 37th Place, according to a news release, and arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage at that location.

The garage and its contents (including two passenger cars) were on fire. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire before it could extend into the living spaces of the home.

The news release indicated that the two occupants of residence had been home when they heard sounds coming from the garage and the lights flickering.

When they opened the door from the house to the garage, they saw that the interior of the garage was on fire. The residents closed the door and were able to safely evacuate the home with their pets.

The fire originated in the garage and destroyed its contents. The home was not able to be immediately reoccupied without some repair. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The closing of the door leading to the garage by the residents, according to the news release, helped to slow the progress of the fire. This gave firefighters the opportunity to extinguish it before it could cause significant damage to the interior of the home.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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