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Fire damages units under construction in Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - A large fire at a construction site leaves three units under construction damaged.

The Yuma Fire Department said it received reports of a fire early Wednesday at the 2100 block of west 8th Street.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a large fire in several housing units under construction. Thankfully, fire crews were able to extinguish the fire right away.

While at the scene, they also found a second fire in a construction dumpster on the opposite side of 8th Street. The fire on the dumpster was extinguished thanks to a join effort between YFD and Rural Metro Fire Department.

The Yuma Police Department is investigating the fire.

If you have information about arson crimes, contact the police department, or information can also be provided anonymously through the Silent Witness tip line at 78-CRIME (782-7463).

Local News / Yuma County
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Mercedes Martinez joined the KSWT team as anchor/producer in October 2020. You can catch her on 13 On Your Side at 4:00pm.

Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

Mercedes believes that everyone has a story and should use their voice to tell it and inspire others.

Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.

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