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UPDATE – BREAKING NEWS: Large fire breaks out in downtown Yuma

Courtesy: Dale Conley

Occurring at 2nd Avenue and Court Street

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Yuma Fire Department (YFD) has determined that the downtown fire occurring Friday evening was "intentionally set," deeming it arson. At approximately 10:27 p.m., the Yuma Police Department responded to requests of an active fire in the 200 block of S. 2nd Avenue. 

The building set ablaze had been under construction. Firefighters took approximately 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.

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Due to the severity of the heat, flames were able to spread to a structure just north of it, which also sustained heavy fire damage. YFD personnel remained on scene throughout the night to watch for and extinguish any hot spots or flare-ups.

Located so close to the fire, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center also drew in the heavy smoke into its quarters. Directly affected inmates were relocated to a less polluted area.

COURTESY OF YUMA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Officers do not have any suspect at this time, reporting that the case is currently an active investigation.

The YPD encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call (928) 783-4421 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous.  Remember, if your information leads to an arrest you may receive up to $1,000 cash reward.


Original story published June 18, 2021, 11:04 PM

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - At approximately 10:30 Friday evening, a fire broke out downtown at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Court Street.

No word on how the fire started and how many buildings caught on fire.

In an eyewitness video courtesy of Dale Conley, he comments, "You can definitely feel the heat from here." Among police and fire truck sirens in the background, another eyewitness is heard responding in agreement.

We’ve reached out to Yuma Fire Department and Yuma Police Department but still waiting for more details. This is a continuing story. Please stay with KYMA.com for updates.

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