King’s Fish House on Fire
King’s Fire has burned more than 20 homes and destroyed thousands of acres in northern Arizona, forcing the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and the closure of other businesses in the state.
The fire started on Friday, June 9, and has charred at least 23 structures in the Mesa County town of Yuma, where King’s is located.
At least two of the fires are related, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which said it was working to determine how and why the fires began.
The fires also destroyed more than 300 homes in the Navajo Nation.
King’s fires have forced more than 700,000 residents to evacuate.
The Associated Press reported that a man who had lived in a house in the Yuma area of the Navajo Reservation died after he was injured by smoke from the fire.
King, whose family owns the King’s restaurant, said he had been unable to reach his family due to the fire and did not know when they would be able to return to their homes.
“I hope my family will be safe and that everyone who lives in the community can return to it,” King said in a statement.
“As we prepare for the holidays, I know that there are a lot of hard things that await us in Arizona and across the country.
I want to thank all of our community members and friends for their continued support.”
King said he was still in contact with those affected by the fires.
“We are working to return home as soon as possible,” he said.
“Our hope is that everyone will be able safely return home and will be in good spirits.”
King’s owner, Mark King, said his restaurant is “still standing.”
He said he plans to reopen sometime in the next few weeks, but he does not know if his business will reopen after the fire is contained.
King told The Associated Review in June that he believed the fires were related to the closure and closure of the town’s firehouse, but that he did not believe the blaze started in the townhouse.
“It’s really hard to believe this happened in one place,” King told the newspaper.
“But I think it could have happened anywhere, and that it could possibly have happened in Yuma.”