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Fire on South First Street

June 29, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif At about 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, the Blythe Police Department received numerous 911 calls reporting a structure fire in the 200 block of S. First Street. Blythe Fire was dispatched. When officers arrived on scene they found a vacant abandoned home fully engulfed in flames.

As officers checked the area they found several transients living in a brick structure at the rear who were unaware of the fire. Officers assisted several transients and their dogs out of the area.

As Blythe Fire began fighting the fire a live SCE power line was severed and fell to the sidewalk due to the large flames and extreme heat. No one was injured and the fire was eventually extinguished.

Officers investigating the incident believe the fire was started by transients living and cooking in the area and the high winds blowing at the time.

Police and City of Blythe Code Enforcement will continue to investigate to ensure transients are relocated.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail at

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