Ariz. Dept. Has Spat of Unusual Calls


The Sun, Yuma, Ariz.

Posted: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 12:13
Updated: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 14:00

Last weekend was a busy one for the Yuma Fire Department, involving a series of extremely unusual emergency responses.

On Sunday at about 2 p.m., the YFD responded to a report of a man trapped in a palm tree at 1651 S. 6th Ave.

The man was trimming the tree when he became entangled in his harness. The YFD technical rescue team rescued the man from the tree in winds gusting between 20 and 30 mph. The man was not injured.

"A short time later they also responded to a cat stuck in a palm tree, but it was in a different part of town," said Mike Erfert, a YFD spokesman.

Later that same day, at about 2:40 p.m. firefighters extinguished a mattress fire in the 1000 block of Magnolia Avenue that was started by a 5-year-old playing with matches.

"It topped off a week where we had two other residential fires," Erfert said. "It was a long week."

Then several hours later on the same day, at about 8:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a traffic accident, again involving a vehicle striking a house. This occurred at 2741 S. Olivia Ave. The vehicle had four occupants and all refused treatment.

Earlier in the weekend, on Friday at about 4 p.m. YFD units responded to a 2-year-old girl who had gotten her head stuck in an end table.

"It was the darndest thing," Erfert said. "The child did not sustain any injuries. They were just stuck."

A few minutes later, at about 4:15 p.m. firefighters responded to a traffic crash involving a rolled over semi-truck on County 40th Street near Avenue 5E.

Then at about 6 p.m., YFD responded to a call about two vehicles that had struck a house at 2696 S. 18th Ave.

Besides tending to the injured, YFD's technical rescue personnel shored up/stabilized damaged sections of the house that allowed vehicles, which also sustained damage, to be removed.

"To be able to remove the vehicles from where they were, that is what they needed to do," Erfert said.

Then on Saturday at about 1:45 a.m., units responded to a trailer fire at 466 S. Magnolia Ave. Firefighters found a trailer with smoke and flames coming from it.

Erfert said the fire was extinguished but significant damage was done to the interior of the home. No one was home, and there were no injuries.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service