CAMP VERDE - A fire in Verde Lakes left one unidentified person dead and a home completely destroyed Monday night.
At 7:44 p.m. Aug. 8, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority firefighters were dispatched to Clinton Lane in Camp Verde for a report of a house fire, according to a statement from Copper Canyon Fire Chief Terry Keller.
CCFMA responded with three fire engines, two water trucks, an ambulance and a battalion chief to fight "a large body of fire in the well-involved two-story home," the statement said.
Crews set up for "defensive operations to protect exposures and to fight the fire from the exterior of the building as the volume of fire was so large and dangerous that an interior fire attack was not possible," Keller also said.
Incoming units soon upgraded the fire to "a working fire," and requested additional resources and water trucks to help contain the fire and "prevent other incidents from evolving," Keller also said.
The home's second story "eventually burned away and fell into and outside of the lower level masonry walls of the home," Keller also said. "Suppression efforts were greatly reduced by this point and by midnight, most of the supporting resources were released to return to their jurisdictions."
Reports from the fire indicated the resident of the home was unaccounted for, Keller also said, "and a brief search of the interior of the lower level led to the discovery of a body in the debris of the fire."
Units from Verde Valley Fire District, Verde Valley Ambulance, Cottonwood Fire Department and Sedona Fire District arrived to provide additional support.
CCFMA Fire Marshal Kristi Gagnon also called for support from the Yavapai County Fire Investigation Task Force as well as Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) agents from Phoenix to begin investigating the cause of the fire and document the nature of the fatality, Keller also said.
Camp Verde Marshal's Office also supported the incident by providing traffic and scene control to prevent traffic from blocking the roadway leading to the fire.