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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Vegetation fire is burning near California Village.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Vegetation fire is burning near California Village.

A vegetation fire is burning near Ross Parkway and Harrison Street (Q Street) near the California Village in Needles, California.

The vegetation fire was reported into ZachNews before 5:33pm PT on Friday, May 26th, 2017 by Photojournalist Brandon Lopez, who saw smoke from the vegetation fire just west of the Needles Bridge.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez rushed over to the vegetation fire and began reporting on the vegetation fire on Facebook Live.

The vegetation fire is burning in an area with tall vegetation and brush just north of Ross Parkway, and burning away from homes and from a school for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.

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San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, Bullhead City Fire Department, Yucca Fire Department, and Desert Hills Fire Department as well as Baker Emergency Medical Service are on scene.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as well as Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Police Department are also on scene making sure the public is safe.

 

At this moment, no reports on anybody injured related to the vegetation fire and no structures are being threaten by the vegetation fire.

The vegetation fire has burned at least 4 acres and firefighters have kept the vegetation fire from growing any larger and reaching more tall vegetation and brush.

Firefighters are hoping to have full containment on the vegetation fire by later tonight.

A water dropping helicopter was dispatched to the vegetation fire, but after a fly around, has left the vegetation fire scene.

The cause of the vegetation fire is under investigation and unclear if this was a control burn.

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Vehicle with box trailer fire on Needles Highway.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Vehicle with box trailer fire on Needles Highway.

A vehicle with a box trailer has caught on fire shuts along Needles Highway, just north of River Palms Resort, in Needles, California.

Black smoke was seen on the north side of Needles, California at around 11:34am PT on Sunday, April 30th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez rushed over to the vehicle with box trailer fire and captured on camera these pictures of the vehicle with box trailer fire as well as the traffic that was stopped in both directions along Needles Highway.

Both directions of Needles Highway is closed because of the vehicle with box trailer fire.

Authorities say to please use Arizona Highway 95 as a detour.

No immediate information on if anybody was injured or what caused the fire.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

A fire has occurred at the Americas Best Value Inn, located on East Broadway near Interstate 40, in Needles, California on Saturday, April 15th, 2017.

A news tip sent into ZachNews from Frank Costigan alerted ZachNews of the fire and rushed over to the motel fire.

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The motel fire is burning near the old Dollar Tree store and just across the street from the San Bernardino County Fire Department Station 32.

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The fire was seen coming through the roof of the motel as firefighters arrived and smoke could be seen for miles.

Everybody staying at the motel, including families with children, were all evacuated safely as firefighters began battling the fire.

As the fire grew, a “2 Alarm Fire” call was made calling me more fire department resources to the motel fire.

Multiple fire department agencies arrived on scene of the motel fire, including Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mohave Mesa Fire Department, Bullhead City Fire Department, and Lake Havasu City Fire Department.

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Also on scene, at least 2 ladder fire departments trucks from Bullhead City Fire Department and Lake Havasu City Fire Department were helping in the battle of the motel fire, which local residents tell ZachNews that the last time a ladder fire departments trucks was called and used to battle a large structure fire was when the old Masonic Temple, also known as the old Needles Theatre, caught on fire in the early 1990’s.

Baker Emergency Medical Service, located just a block away from the motel fire, responded to the motel fire in case of any medical assistant as well as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and City of Needles street crews responded to block off traffic around the motel fire.

Both directions of East Broadway, also known as U.S. 95 and Highway 95, was closed because of the fire sending motorists, including semi trucks, recreational vehicles, and families trying to get to their Easter weekend destinations, on a detour along Interstate 40 to Five Mile Road.

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As firefighters continued to battle the motel fire, a person was seen inside an ambulance being checked out by paramedics.

Witnesses tell ZachNews are saying that the person inside the ambulance was the property manager.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the person inside the ambulance was being evaluated for smoke inhalation.

An hour later, the fire at the Americas Best Value Inn was put out.

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A total of 21 motel units suffered damage in the fire, including at least upstairs 12 motel units appear to have suffered fire, smoke and water damage as well as the roof of the motel appear to suffered fire destroyed with parts of the roof collapsed from the motel fire, and downstairs, at least 11 motel units appeared to have suffered damaged by water.

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Later, fire department trucks from San Bernardino County Fire Department arriving from Twentynine Palms, California; Wonder Valley and; Helendale, California; and Victorville, California arrived to the aftermath of the motel fire as the other fire department crews headed by to their communities.

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Both directions of East Broadway, also known as U.S. 95 and Highway 95, were reopened after being closed for the motel fire.

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The case of the motel fire is under investigation and fire department investigators were seen checking the property for clues to where the fire may have originally started.

ZachNews is learning from people who first reported the fire as well as people who witnessed the arrival of fire department crews that there was a slow response by the local fire department despite being just across the street from the motel on fire.

ZachNews has learned that the motel fire started before 8:20am PT on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 when a postal worker noted the fire and went to the near by fire station to alert firefighters of the fire.

A firefighter answered the door and the postal worker told the firefighter that there was a fire across the street at the motel.

As 10 minutes pass after telling the firefighter, another postal worker came by the fire station and told the other postal worker, waiting for the fire department to response, that 911 was called.

Other witnesses who were there at the fire echo the same complaint to the response to the fire from their local fire department.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department is reportedly telling another news outlet that firefighters self-dispatched within 5 minutes to the fire, but ZachNews couldn’t independently confirmed the time of response from San Bernardino County Fire Department Officials for they never responded to our request for comment.

The fire which could be seen from the television and fitness rooms of the fire station which was noted during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 32 on Monday, October 31st, 2016.

Witnesses there at the fire tell ZachNews that Mohave Valley Fire Department arrived first to the fire followed close behind by San Bernardino County Fire Department.

So far from witnesses there at the fire, there were no problem with water or with the near by fire hydrants during the motel fire, but agree that all of the fire hydrants in the community need to be checked and any broken fire hydrants that are found not working, be fixed quickly before a fire happens and that fire hydrant is needed.

ZachNews couldn’t get a response from San Bernardino County Fire Department Officials regarding broken fire hydrants in the community, but the City of Needles tells ZachNews that the broken fire hydrants are slowly being fix or replaced.

Concerns on the response time to this fire, broken fire hydrants, and if the local fire department has enough equipment and trucks to battle a large fire are being raised as new industrial sized buildings for medical marijuana cultivation continue to come in well old and abandoned buildings remain sitting used for years remain standing.

In wake of the latest fire to happen in Needles, California, some residents and businesses in the community say we need more fire department equipment and trucks including ladder trucks, replace old fire hydrants with new fire hydrants and keep them all maintained, and a local 911 dispatch center that can be familiar of the area so that callers won’t get sent to Barstow, California and Kingman, Arizona 911 centers for an emergency incident in Needles, California.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this breaking news story.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

A fire is burning at the Americas Best Value Inn, located on East Broadway near Interstate 40, in Needles, California.

Started before 9:30am PT on Saturday, April 15th, 2017.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

A news tip sent into ZachNews from Frank Costigan alerted ZachNews of the fire and rushed over to the fire.

Multiple fire department agencies are on scene, including 2 ladder trucks from Bullhead City Fire Department in Lake Havasu City Fire Department.

Cause unknown and a person is seen in the ambulance being checked out by paramedics.

Both directions of East Broadway Highway 95 is closed.

Detour is Interstate 40 to Five Mile Road.

ZachNews is at the motel fire gathering more information and is on Facebook Live at ZachNews on Facebook.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest Information: Mesa Grande Apartments Fire.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest Information: Mesa Grande Apartments Fire.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments that occurred on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 in Needles, California.

** A Week Later, No Identity Release on Fire Victim: **

As of 3:32pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release, hasn’t been positive identification, and is being called a “Jane Doe”. 

Despite what a local newspaper has reported, no official age or name of the person has been release.

ZachNews has been contacting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office daily for any updates and has been taking note of all contacts in the last week of calls.

ZachNews will wait for an official released of the fire victim’s identify as well as cause of the apartment fire. 

** How the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire unfolded: **

At around 5:02pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, calls reporting a fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive, in Needles, California began coming into emergency dispatch.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was alerted on the fire, ran over to the fire, and began reporting on the fire live on Facebook.

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** Picture from Timothy Terral from Needles, California: **

Well fire department crews were still in route to the fire, residents and people who seen the fire ran over to the apartments on fire to help get as many people and animals out of the apartment units.

** Picture from Timothy Terral from Needles, California: **

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Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 32 arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the apartment units.

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Firefighters from Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department were called and arrived to the fire.

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Firefighters as they battle the fire well battling against the gusty winds and some blowing dust at kept blowing into the area.

Adding to the situation, firefighters had some trouble with a near by fire hydrant.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a private fire hydrant on the property wasn’t functioning at the time of the fire.

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Firefighters battle the fire for an hours as people gathered across the street hoping that the fire gets put out soon.

Lilyhill Drive was closed by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department from Bailey Avenue to Clary Drive.

With the fire out, fire officials searched inside the burned apartment units to find if there were anybody inside during the fire.

At 6:30pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, San Bernardino County Fire Department confirmed that a body of a female in the bedroom of the apartment was found and the unidentified female was confirmed dead by firefighters.

The confirmed information by the San Bernardino County Fire Department was then posted on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office website.

At 6:35pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Fire Department posted on their Twitter page, “Needles(Update): IC reports knock down on fire. One vict w/ smoke inhalation. One subject located deceased. Secondary search continues“.

After getting additional confirmation on the death over the phone, ZachNews broke the confirmed information from the San Bernardino County Fire Department at 7:12pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017.

 

As of 6:22pm PT on Friday, April 7th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release.

As of 3:32pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release, hasn’t been positive identification, and is being called a “Jane Doe”. 

Despite what a local newspaper has reported, no official age or name of the person has been release.

ZachNews has been contacting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office daily for any updates and has been taking note of all contacts in the last week of calls.

ZachNews will wait for an official released of the fire victim’s identify as well as cause of the apartment fire. 

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The cause of the fire remains under investigation through San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit.

Many of the people, including those who called 911 reporting the fire, are asking San Bernardino County Fire Department and City of Needles officials why there was a delay in repose to the fire and why was there problems with a near by fire hydrant during the fire.

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According to the American Red Cross Northern Arizona Chapter, Disaster Action Team (D.A.T.) volunteers Marilyn Bailey, Pat and Charles Traylor responded to the fire and assessed damages as well as provide for the emergency needs of those affected by the fire.

**** Please Help Mesa Grande Apartments Fire Survivors: ****

In wake of the tragic fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments, donations are being accepted to help fire survivors.

** People wanting to donate can drop off donations at the following locations: **

  • Donations can be dropped off at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive in Needles, California during normal business hours from 7:00am to 4:00pm PT Monday through Friday. For more information regarding donations, please call: 1 (760) 326-2404.
  • Donations can be dropped off at the Needles Chamber of Commerce located at 100 G Street near Front Street in Downtown Needles, California during normal business hours from 9:30am to 3:30pm PT Monday through Friday. For more information regarding donations, please call: 1 (760) 326-2050.
  • Donations can be dropped off at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, located at 839 Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California during normal business hours from 9:00am to 2:00pm PT Tuesday through Saturday. For more information regarding donations, please call George DeLeon at: 1 (760) 326-4420.
  • As for financial donations, Colin Williams, Regional Communications Officer at the America Red Cross, tells ZachNews that the best way for people to contribute to the fire in Needles, California is by making a financial donation through the American Red Cross. You can make your financial donations either by phone at: 1 (800) RedCross or online at: http://www.redcross.org

** Thank You for Donating to Survivors of the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire. **

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** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victim in the fire.  May our community unite together and be there for everybody who were affected by the fire. **

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire in Needles, California. ****

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fatal fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fatal fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments.

ZachNews has confirmed with San Bernardino County Fire Department that a fatal fire occurred at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive, in Needles, California.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a search of the apartments that was involved in the fire located an elderly female who was deceased inside the a unit.

** Tweet from the San Bernardino County Fire Department (@SBCountyFire): **

The San Bernardino County Fire Department posted the location of a deceased person on their official Twitter page.

The identity of the person found deceased hasn’t been officially release.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office, “The unidentified female was confirmed dead at 6:30 PM by fire fighters. Once identification is established, the name will be released.”

** Pictures from Timothy Terral from Needles, California: **

People from other near by units were helped out to safety by several people who witnesses the fire and ran over to help.

The fire started at around 5:00pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 as gusty winds blow across the community.

These were Live Video recorded on Facebook by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez of the fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments.

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department have responded to the fire.

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Witnesses telling ZachNews that firefighter were having trouble with a near by fire hydrant.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a private fire hydrant on the property wasn’t functioning at the time of the fire.

Witnesses also telling ZachNews that fire crews took 9 minutes to respond to the fire, which a San Bernardino County Fire Department Explorer told ZachNews that it was due to the other calls related to the winds.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation through San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit.

Lilyhill Drive from Bailey Avenue to Clary Drive has been reopened after being closed during the fire.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victim in the fire.  May our community unite together and be there for everybody who were affected by the fire. **

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding the fatal fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments in Needles, California. ****

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Boat fire at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Boat fire at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

A boat fire was reported at around 3:22pm PT on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California.

 

** Video from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

Jociannah Elena Murillo from Needles, California sent into ZachNews video of the boat on fire along a channel near the boat launching area at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

Witnesses as well as a from the San Bernardino County Fire Department Explorer tell ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez that firefighters were on the other end of Jack Smith Memorial Park when they seem the smoke and rushed over to the fire.

** Picture from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

People who were at the park, barbecuing and playing along the Colorado River all rushed over to see the boat fire.

Mark Davis II from Needles, California was with family barbecuing when he saw the boat on fire and went to find a fire extinguisher, but couldn’t find any at the information kiosk.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The boat fire caught near by vegetation near mobile home at Verde Shores Estates.

Mark Davis II jumped into the water, swim across the channel, and got onto land to alert residents at the mobile home park that there’s a fire burning near by.

Mark Davis II is seen in the video (Video from Jociannah Elena Murillo) wearing black shorts as he is walked by firefighters to alert residents.

** Picture from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

** Picture from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived to the boat fire and began battling the fully involved boat fire, and began to call in other fire department crews from Mohave Valley Fire Department and Bullhead City Fire Department.

** Pictures from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Witnesses as well as deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department telling ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez that everybody on the boat got off safely.

At this moment, the cause of the boat fire is not yet known.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews as more information is still coming in. **