When Rural Metro firefighters arrived on scene Tuseday night the mobile home on the corner of Marble Drive and Quartz Avenue in the Foothills was fully engulfed. As firefighters began fighting the blaze there was a distinct sound of a gas line leaking. The crew stayed on scene until around 2 a.m to make sure the fire was out and gas was not leaking.
Although neighbors were not evacuated from the area they were told to stay back. The 90 year-old homeowner was rescued by neighbors who brought him out safely and uninjured.
One day later the man's home is a large pile of burnt debris. He lost everything. Luckily, the fire did not spread to any other home in the area. The elderly man is now receiving aid from the American Red Cross in Yuma. "What we do now when there's a late fire or a late incident and the individual doesn't have anywhere to go we usually put them in a hotel room," said Andretta Schillinger with the American Red Cross in Yuma.
Andretta says she spoke to the elderly man who is shaken up by the incident. "He was just concerned that there wouldn't be support for him and we have also referred him to other agencies in the community to help him beyond what Red Cross can do," said Andrettta.