Tempe crews extinguish fire near Loop 202 and Tempe Town Lake

Fire crews responded to a blaze near Tempe Town Lake on the night of Jan. 14 that managed to burn half an acre of land.

Flames could be seen just off the 202 loop, fire officials initially said they first sent a fire truck to the scene but when they saw how bad it was , they quickly enlisted the help of Guadalupe, Gilbert, and Phoenix.

Fire officials say they have a history of fires here at the water’s edge.

“There is a homeless population that lives at the bottom of the river, so we have a story,” said Kevin Bailey, assistant chief of the Tempe Fire Medical Relief Service.

When crews first saw the Loop 202 fire, they struggled to figure out how to get to it.

“We knew we could access from this door, so once we got through the smaller vehicles we were able to find it. Unfortunately our large structure engine fires can’t access it, so we use little brush trucks. . They only have 250 gallons of water, so we have to shuttle water. Use all the water, go back and fill it up,” Bailey said.

Firefighters say they don’t know the cause of the blaze at this time, and because nearly everything in the area of ​​the blaze has been destroyed, they aren’t sure they’ll ever be able to determine exactly what caused it. because.

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