On Saturday May 7, 2016, at approximately 9:38PM, the Prescott Regional Communications Center received notification of a fire alarm activation in one of the private aircraft hangars on the south side of the Prescott airport.
Rescue 73 was dispatched to investigate the alarm. Upon arrival the crew found a hangar filled with smoke and requested that a full structure assignment be dispatched.
Foam 73, the airport Crash Fire Rescue truck, along with Prescott Fire Engine 74 and Truck 72, Chino Valley Engine 62, a Prescott Fire Battalion Chief, along with the Prescott Police, Life Line Ambulance, and airport staff were dispatched .
Rescue 73 and Foam 73 determined it to be an incipient fire and were able to deploy an attack line off of Foam 73 and extinguish the fire quickly. Engine 74 arrived on scene and was assigned to ventilate smoke from the hangar. Crews checked the hangar to assure that the fire had not extended beyond the area of origin, and finding no extension, released the rest of the responding units.
The investigation determined the cause of the fire to be accidental in nature due to overheated equipment.
The hanger contained two aircraft as well as other miscellaneous items that were not damaged.
The few items that were involved in the fire, as well as some minor damage to the structure, were estimated to be valued at less than $5,000.
While the hangar was protected by an automatic fire sprinkler system, the fire was found early enough that there was not enough heat to activate the sprinkler system.
There were no injuries associated with the incident. The smoke was evacuated, the fire investigated, and all units were released from the scene in about an hour.