The Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department has been keeping busy over the past few days. Just before 2:30 on Thursday afternoon, firefighters responded to East Mingus Avenue. Personnel found an active fire in one apartment of a multi-family dwelling. Firefighters were able to prevent the spread beyond the room in which the fire had started. Fortunately, the residents had exited the structure unharmed. Investigation has indicated the cause was accidental. There was a second apartment fire just before 9 Friday night. The fire had spread from a balcony of a second story apartment unit on South 6th Street into the attic and had burned through the roof. It was brought under control and all occupants were able to evacuate and there were no injuries reported. The cause is under investigation. At around 10 Friday morning, there were 2 areas of fire in brush and grass next to Highway 89A in near Black Hills Drive. Bystanders were using extinguishers on the blaze when firefighters arrived. Thanks to a rapid response and the location being readily accessible, the fires were contained to less than half an acre. These fires were human caused.
Sprinklers save the day!
A sprinkler system is being credited for putting out a fire inside a Sedona mini-storage unit. At around 11:30 Thursday morning, the Sedona Fire District responded to Stormaster Storage units on Shelby Drive. According to Captain Ralph Kurtz, the sprinkler system performed exactly like it should have and saved not only the entire building but most of the belongings inside the storage unit itself. Firefighters moved the salvageable belongings out of the unit and made sure no fire remained. Only one unit was involved but a unit next to it suffered slight damage when water seeped through the wall. Damage is estimated to be less than 5 thousand dollars and there were no injuries. Sedona firefighters have determined the fire started when the renter lit an incense stick while cleaning out the unit.
Roadwork in Cottonwood
Drivers in Cottonwood could experience delays due to road improvement work that starts this week. At 7 tonight, street asphalt preservation will start on 10th Street, north of Main Street to the Verde River Bridge to south of Dead Horse Park. That work will also take place on Willard Street from Highway 89A to Main Street.
No work is scheduled to occur tomorrow but roadways that will be impacted Wednesday include Brian Mickelsen Parkway from Mingus Avenue to the south entrance into the recreation center at 7 that night, Clover Way in the morning and Crimson Road in the afternoon. The Parkway will be worked on from the South Recreation Center entrance to 6th Street Thursday night along with 12th Street, from Fir Street to Highway 89A. Work is expected Friday morning on Skyline Drive followed by afternoon work on Skyline Way. City of Cottonwood officials say sections of all streets could be closed for up to 4 hours while the work is being performed.
'Think Pink, Think Prayer'
A prayer session for a 12 year old boy seriously injured in a hit and run accident on May 7th is at 6:30 tonight. The “Think Pink, Think Prayer” event will be held on the Prescott Valley Civic Center lawn on Civic Circle. Nathan Rendl’s favorite color, pink, has become a means of showing support for him and his ongoing recovery. Rendl’s school, Liberty Elementary recently reflected this by gathering for a group photo where almost everybody was dressed in pink. The photo was then sent to Rendl and his family. This event follows a fundraiser that was held at Anytime Fitness in Prescott Valley yesterday afternoon.
New Magistrate in Dewey-Humboldt?
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets in a special session at 2 tomorrow afternoon to consider appointment of a Town Magistrate. Presiding Magistrate Catherine Kelley says an On-Call Magistrate has only been used on a case by case basis and the need has been very rare, less than 1 case per year. Kelley explains there’s a need for an Associate Magistrate for 1 case that’s currently being prosecuted. The person being recommended for this position, Joan Dwyer was actually Dewey-Humboldt’s first Presiding Magistrate and the judge who set up the Court when the transfer from Mayer was made 9 years ago. The appointment will be good through December 2020. Town Council’s special session will be held in Council chambers on Highway 69.