Mutual aid

Benson Fire Department firefighters were among those who answered the mutual aid call.

Although cause of a Saturday structure fire west of Benson remains under investigation, electrical failure has been deemed a “contributing factor.”

That’s according to Mescal-J6 Fire District Chief John Moran via a departmental news release. 

The call came in as a fully involved structure fire involving two vehicles.

Firefighters, with a heavy law enforcement presence, responded en masse to the residence at 2799 W. Trail End Road. Some units, still adorned with holiday lights, were about to take part in the City of Benson’s Festival of Lights parade when the 5:45 p.m. call came in.

An ominous cloud of smoke and flames were immediately visible in the nighttime sky from westbound Interstate 10. 

“We just heard a loud pop and came out to see what it was and saw it was on fire” said one neighbor. 

The pops or explosions neighbors reported hearing were vehicle tires and a propane cylinder. Mescal-J6 FD, responding with an attack pumper, engine and water tender, arrived to find half of a detached structure engulfed in heavy fire, explained Moran, which resulted in the all-hands mutual aid response from Benson, St. David, Pomerene and Sundance Fire departments.

“Mutual aid units were on scene within minutes, providing personnel, apparatus and additional water,” said Moran. “Appreciation for the rapid response and assistance provided by our neighboring agencies. Although our response time was slightly increased, due to the incident’s physical location, mutual aid units were on scene quickly.” In addition to firefighting crews, Healthcare Innovations, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety also responded. 

The blaze was under control within the hour with scene cleared at 8:25 p.m. There were no injuries.

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