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4/5/2012 5:37:00 PM
Tragedy... again Family's home burns second time
Toby McMaines of Chino Valley Fire hoses down flames at the scene of a fire in Paulden Thursday afternoon. The family also lost a home to flames on Jan. 23 of this year.Review/Matt Santos
Toby McMaines of Chino Valley Fire hoses down flames at the scene of a fire in Paulden Thursday afternoon. The family also lost a home to flames on Jan. 23 of this year.
Review/Matt Santos
Matt Santos

Investigators from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and Central Yavapai Fire District are looking into the cause of a Thursday afternoon fire in Paulden that destroyed the same family's home for the second time in four months.

At about 1 p.m. on Thursday, the Chino Valley Fire District responded to a report of a structure fire at Robin Ln. and N Ironwood Dr., just two blocks from the scene of a Jan. 23 fire on Antelope Run that burned the family's home to the ground.

"The family just purchased the home recently and, to the best of our knowledge, no one was home when it started," said CVPD Chief John Ginn. "One of the neighbors thinks that it started outside then came into the house, but we don't have any idea yet. The Central Yavapai Fire district will be investigating it."

Ginn added that the family's 1,800-square-foot doublewide mobile was out of the CVFD coverage area, but that the family applied for a contract with the district just three days ago. The contract was scheduled to begin May 1.

"The contract hadn't started yet, but when we arrived we began fighting the fire to save the home, but it was pretty well engulfed when we got here, so we concentrated on keeping it from spreading to the neighboring property," said Ginn.

In addition to the CVFD's two water tenders and two engines, several neighbors could be seen hosing down their own property in an effort to keep the fire from spreading.

Andie Smith, an investigator for the Central Yavapai Fire District, will be leading the investigation into the cause of fire.

Central Yavapai Acting Fire Marshal Rick Chase said he understood that an insurance investigator would also be investigating the fire on Friday.

The family was unavailable for comment, but a family friend, Bishop D. Ross Nickle, of the Paulden ward of the LDS Church, stated that the family still is recovering from the devastation of the January fire.

"She (the home owner) is just an amazing person who is willing to give all she has for others," said Nickle. "We just want to let people know that they are covered by insurance, but this family is still recovering from the last fire."

Watch for more updates on this story.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Article comment by: ted 409 409

well its nice to see that the fire dept showed up anyway
not like the fire dept back east that sat and watched a house burn because the people hadnt paid their yearly dues

good job!!
makes ya wonder if somebody has it in for these people

Posted: Monday, April 9, 2012
Article comment by: very curious

There have now been 4 fires in Paulden since Jan. Kind of makes you wonder?

Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012
Article comment by: I feel bad for them but...

My heart does go out to the family, but as coincidences do happen, this strikes me as scary. What are the odds of two fires that seemed to follow them? I feel for their loss and wish them the best, but I can't help but wonder if the fires were caused because someone in the family (a child perhaps) has a curiosity in watching things burn.

Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Article comment by: concerned girl

These poor people. My heart goes out to them. Sending thoughts and prayers...

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