The town of Miami was in a state of panic and fear on Sept. 19 as they watched in horror while several historical structures on Sullivan Street burned to the ground. It was just after 2 a.m. when 911 calls started coming in with residents and business owners reporting heavy smoke and giant flames.
Miami Police immediately responded to the area confirming a structure fire at 417 Sullivan Street. The fire soon spread to effect other buildings.
Responding to the blaze on Sullivan were Globe Fire Department, Tri City Fire Department, Payson Fire Department, and Tonto Basin Fire Department. Other agencies that responded with help include: Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Public Service, Southwest Gas, Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Globe Police Department, Freeport McMoRan, 5-D Mining, and the Arizona Water Company.
“The Town of Miami has suffered the loss of five buildings,” Miami’s Chief of Police Keith Thompson reported.
News agencies from around Arizona came out to report on the devastating loss in Miami.
Globe Fire Chief Gary Robinson told the Arizona Silver Belt at press time that nothing has been determined yet and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Over 40 fire personnel were on site for 14 hours battling a blaze that demolished three buildings and five offices.
The Arizona Silver Belt will continue to release information as it becomes available.