4/23/2013 6:19:00 PM Improper disposal of ashes causes $80,000 house fire in Prescott Valley Tuesday
A firefighter leaves the garage of a house that burned Tuesday after the occupant improperly disposed of ashes from a fire pit. Les Stukenberg/Daily Courier/Courtesy
Improper disposal of ashes caused a fire at a house in the 7000 block of Pioneer Lane in Prescott Valley Tuesday. The fire did $80,000 worth of damage to the structure, said Central Yavapai Fire Marshal Rick Chase.
Firefighters received the call at 10:22 a.m. and when they arrived, found 25 percent of the residence involved in flames. Chase said the occupant of the home had disposed of ashes from a fire pit in a trash can next to the house, which caught the exterior wall of the garage and house on fire.
The fire also melted the gas and electrical meters, and when firefighters arrived they found the gas feeding the flames. They were able to shut the gas and electric off so they could safely fight the fire, Chase said.
No injuries were reported in the fire.
Chase said Central Yavapai reminds people that they should make sure ashes are completely soaked before disposing of them in a trash can, and people should should not store the can next to a structure or materials that can burn.