Home, vehicles in New River destroyed by fire

What remains of the motor home and carport where the homeowner believes the fire started. The fire spread to the garage and home, destroying it on July 12 in New River. (Photo by Tara Alatorre/Staff)

By TARA ALATORRE

NEW RIVER – A New River residence located near the Jack Ass Acres Dog Park  was destroyed in a house fire on the afternoon of July 12, along with a motor home and a vehicle located on the property.

Thick, black smoke could be seen from Riverside Plaza and the Interstate 17 near Anthem at approximately 2:15 p.m. Units from Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical were deployed shortly after to the residence near 38th Avenue and the Frontage Road, according to witnesses.

Dennis Clark, the homeowner says, that he was inside the home with his wife when they heard a loud “boom, boom, boom!”. When his startled wife looked out the window, she saw their motor home completely engulfed in flames.

Smoke billows from behind the Plant Bar near 38th Avenue and the Frontage Road during a fire that destroyed a house, motor home and a Cadillac on July 12, in New River. (Photo courtesy of Karen Alexander/Staff)

The fire started in the bus barn where the couple stores their motor home, which is next to the garage that is attached to the house, Clark said.

Clark immediately went into action, dashing into the blazing garage to retrieve his Chevy Avalanche. He successfully moved the vehicle, saving it from the fire, he said.

“Yeah the fire was climbing, and flames were coming down the ceiling,” Clark said.  “I was going back in to get my wife’s vehicle, a Cadillac, but it was too late.”


Charred, twisted metal is all that remains from the Clarks’ garage and their vehicles that were destroyed in a fire on the afternoon of July 12. Their home was a complete loss. (Photo by Tara Alatorre/Staff)

Luckily, no other structures or homes surrounding the property caught fire, which Clark attributes to the fire buffer he maintains around the perimeter of his property.

“We lost our clothes and we did lose a lot of pictures and keepsakes,” Clark said while explaining that he has not been able to fully assess what they lost because he is still waiting for the investigation to be completed.

For now, the Clarks are staying at a local Hampton Inn while they wait for fire investigators to determine a cause.  He anticipates that the investigators will be at his property sometime this week.

But the Clarks say it looks like they won’t be moving back in anytime soon because their insurance company plans to rent them a house while the claim is being settled.

However, Clark says he does plan to rebuild.