Oracle brush fire destroys house, sheds

2014-06-13T00:00:00Z 2014-06-13T09:31:11Z Oracle brush fire destroys house, shedsBy Carmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 13, 2014 12:00 am  • 

A brush fire Thursday afternoon destroyed a house and several sheds in the community of Oracle north of Tucson, officials said.

The fire spread to about 20 acres before it was contained, officials said. Officials evacuated several homes in the area as six agencies were called in.

Oracle resident Sharon Huffman followed firetrucks up to her property. After firefighters attacked hot spots in her singed yard, she continued wetting spots with a garden hose. Her home was spared.

The brush fire began between North Cody Loop Road and North John Adams Street and quickly spread because of the wind, said Battalion Chief William Seeley of the Golder Ranch Fire District.

A two-story house was destroyed, he said. No information was given on the owners or residents of that house.

No injuries were reported.

About 40 firefighters fought the brush fire.

In addition to Golder Ranch, crews from the Northwest Fire District, Oracle Fire Department, Picture Rocks Fire District, Avra Valley Fire District and state land crews fought the blaze.

Late Thursday night, motorists were passing by the Oracle Fire Department on American Avenue yelling “thank you” to the firefighters.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at cduarte@azstarnet.com or 573-4104.

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