YUMA, Ariz - The Yuma Fire Department said Sunday just after 5:00 pm, smoke was reported coming from a home in the 1500 block of South 8th Avenue. Yuma Fire Department personnel arrived to find a fire inside 1505 South 8th Avenue.
There was an early report there might be a person inside with physical disabilities. Firefighters entered the home to search for anyone still inside. No one was found to be home and fires burning in a bedroom and living room were quickly extinguished.
Firefighters on scene noted the fire appeared to be suspicious in nature and fire investigators were called to the scene. YFD investigators determined the fire to have been intentionally set and personnel from the Yuma Police Department initiated a criminal investigation.
You can help your police and fire departments, and help protect your homes and families, when you report suspicious circumstances and persons. Be aware of people hanging around vacant buildings (or acting like they are trying to hide from view) or in business areas (or parks!) after hours (especially late at night). Reporting this type of suspicious activity to the police immediately (9-1-1) can prevent crimes and even save lives.
If you have information about arson crimes, contact the police department, or information can also be provided anonymously through the Silent Witness tip line at 78-CRIME (782-7463).