Fire crews battle overnight fire in "No Man's Land" - Tucson News Now

Fire crews battle overnight fire in "No Man's Land"

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PICACHO, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

An overnight house fire in the town of Picacho, north of Tucson, caused an estimate $250,000 damage, in an area of Pinal county without fire coverage.

Avra Valley Fire District Public Information Officer Patrick Calhoun tells Tucson News Now, crews were called by Pinal County Sheriff's Deputies to respond just after midnight Sunday. 

Calhoun tells Tucson News Now Avra Valley Fire District units went about eight miles out of their normal response area to fight the fire, due to the fact that the town of Picacho is a "no mans land" for fire coverage. 

"We are always happy to help out when we can however it can sometimes take a bit longer to get to any calls in the town of Picacho due to the long distance from our service area."

Crews arrived to find a home engulfed in flames. The fire had also spread to a car, and two travel trailers.  

Calhoun says the  fire was believed to have had started in one of the travel trailers, when the person living inside turned on a space heater. They were able to get out safely.

Calhoun says the fire serves as a reminder to always have at least three feet of space around a space heater, and always try to keep an eye on the heating unit just in case of any unforeseen problems.

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