Suspicious Fire Under Investigation



Whispering Pines Fire District

The Whispering Pines and Beaver Valley fire departments were called for a mobile home blaze in Geronimo Estates at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.


The remains of a small mobile home that was destroyed by fire in Geronimo Estates.

When the first unit from Whispering Pines arrived, the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames that had spread up into the trees and surrounding brush, but was quickly knocked down and contained to the remains of the mobile home, which took some time to extinguish and mop up.

The mobile home had been unoccupied for many years and was full of various stored items that helped fuel the fire, which is under investigation as arson.

If anyone has any information that may help in the investigation, please call WPFD Fire Chief Mark Essary at (928) 474-3088.

The next Whispering Pines Fire Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Station 71 in Whispering Pines. Everyone is invited to attend.

The following WPFD volunteers completed courses recently at the Arizona State Fire School in Mesa: firefighter Larry Clapham, emergency driving; EMT Joe Flachman, swift water rescue; engineer Van Herrick, emergency scene management and command systems; firefighter Bob Hull, basic firefighter; EMT Steve Stevens, rural fire department management; and firefighter Dave Watson, basic firefighter.

Congratulations and thanks to all of these volunteers for their time and efforts to serve the community.

The next pancake breakfast (which will be the last one of the year) will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Whispering Pines Station 71. There will be lots of great food, so come on down.

The next WPFD Auxiliary meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 at Lisa Ehlers' home in Whispering Pines.

The Family Movie Night will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at WPFD Station 71. The movie will be "Ice Age." Come on over for fun and snacks.

Rim Trail

A Labor Day community picnic was held at the home of Harry and Nancy Jones Sunday, Sept. 3. There were 75 people from the community in attendance and a fun time was had by all. Thanks to Nancy and Harry for a great get-together.

Geronimo Estates

Gila County has been working very hard to improve the roads in this fast-growing community. They have resurfaced most of roads, which have now become more "user friendly." Thanks to the Gila County Roads Department for all of its hard work.

Bob Smolenski has been taking part in a jazz jam session at Strawberry Lodge every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. He will also be playing at the Main Street Grille every Wednesday evening through October. So, join Bob and friends for good fun and food at both places.

Elusive Acres

Along with Geronimo Estates, Elusive Acres is also growing. There are more homes being built and more full time residents moving in to enjoy the beautiful high country atmosphere.

-- To submit information for this monthly column, call (928) 474-5279 or e-mail before the second Wednesday of the month.

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