Superstition Fire and Medical District helps put out fire west of Apache Junction

Firefighters from Superstition Fire and Medical District, Mesa Fire and Medical Department and Rural/Metro Fire Department extinguished a fire June 13 in the 700 block of South 97th Street. (Submitted photo)

Superstition Fire and Medical District worked alongside Mesa Fire and Medical Department and Rural/Metro Fire Department officials to extinguish a mobile home fire that spread to vehicles and structures west of the city of Apache Junction.

SFMD and Mesa firefighters were dispatched at 2:31 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, to assist Rural/Metro with the fire in the 700 block of South 97th Street, Richard Ochs, SFMD assistant chief of planning and logistics, said in a release.

“The fire, in an unincorporated part of Maricopa County, had originated in a mobile home and quickly spread to an adjacent home, a motor home and other vehicles and storage sheds,” he said.

“Control of the fire was hampered by a delay in establishing a water supply because the closest hydrant was a great distance from the scene,” he said in the release.

“Additionally, the afternoon temperature reached nearly 110 degrees, further adding to the challenges facing the many firefighters who battled the blaze,” he said.

Two firefighters from Rural/Metro Fire Department required transport to a hospital by ambulance due to heat-related injuries, Assistant Chief Ochs said.

The fire district was established in 1955 under what is now Arizona Revised Statutes 48-261. It was formed by property owners and registered voters who petitioned the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to create a special taxing district to provide fire protection services.

The fire district encompasses 62 square miles. It provides fire suppression, fire prevention, wildland protection, advanced life support, rescue, extrication and medical transportation services out of five fire stations: Fire Station 261, 1135 W Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction; Fire Station 262, 3955 E. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction; Fire Station 263, 1645 S. Idaho Road in Apache Junction; Fire Station 264, 7557 E. U.S. Highway 60 in Gold Canyon; and Fire Station 265, 9294 E. Don Donnelly Trail in Gold Canyon.


The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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