A woman and her neighbor tried to extinguish a small fire inside the utility room of her home near 10900 S. Conestoga Drive in Spanish Fork today.
When they thought it was under control, she told him to leave, saying fire crews were on their way.
But a neighbor, Isaac Oliver, described the scene 15 minutes later. "Smoke was just blowing out of both ends of the house. The firefighters were running all around the house, busting out windows, running water into the basement and trying to get the fire out. You could see it was up in the attic. Smoke was just coming out of everywhere," he said.
Firefighters had a tough time with the blaze, mostly because snow blocked them from getting inside the home.
They were able to put out the fire, but not before it gutted the inside of the house.
No one was injured. No word on what caused the fire.
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Thread: Spanish Fork House Fire
02-01-2009, 12:07 PM #1
Spanish Fork House FireFront line since 1983 and still going strong
02-02-2009, 12:50 PM #2
Spanish Fork fire causes $150,000 in home damages
A fire in Spanish Fork Canyon caused about $150,000 in damage over the weekend, but officials say it could have been much worse.
Utah County Fire Marshal Dennis Barker said the fire began in a storage room of the Conestoga Drive home in Covered Bridge Canyon Saturday. The owners of the home were in Arizona at the time, but their daughter and her children were in the home.
Barker said the woman tried to put the fire out herself with a small fire extinguisher, but the thick smoke made it hard for her to see where the fire was. The woman left the home with her children and waited for firefighters, who were able to put out the blaze before it consumed the home.
Barker said the roads in the canyon were icy, but Mapleton and Spanish Fork fire crews were still able to get to the location in 12 minutes. Although the weather hampered the drive, Barker said firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze quickly because the fire hydrants had been kept clear of snow.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, but Barker said he suspects a propane leak may have been the culprit. The woman told firefighters she smelled propane in the home, and a propane leak could cause a flash fire. The fire destroyed the storage room, a downstairs kitchen, as well as a kitchen on the floor above. Although the house sustained significant fire and smoke damage, a neighbor who arrived to help the woman turned off the propane, which may have avoided a disaster.
"We're lucky that somebody shut that propane off," Barker said.
Two cats were lost in the fire, but none of the people living in the home were hurt. The house is damaged, but not a lost cause.
"They'll be able to go in and rebuild it," Barker said.Front line since 1983 and still going strong
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