Cedar Fort house fire doused quickly

Charlynn Anderson Cedar Fort Corresponde


Cedar Fort's volunteer firefighters responded quickly to a house fire on Jan. 31 and had the fire out in only six-and-a-half minutes. It was the first structure fire in Cedar Fort in seven years.

According to Cedar Fort Fire Chief, Mike Penovich, 13 of the town's fireteam were on the scene and had their fire hose hooked to the hydrant within four minutes of the page, which came at 5:55 p.m.

The fire started in the basement of a home near SR 73, owned by Charles and Maureen Trotter. Renters were occupying the house at the time of the fire.

Because the house is adjacent to the Cedar Valley Country Store, the store was closed while firemen fought the blaze. The Eagle Mountain Fire Department responded to the call with a crew of eight firefighters and a truck to back up the Cedar Fort team.

"Our response could not be as effective without our mutual aid agreements with surrounding communities," said Penovich. "It's important for people to realize that the reason we could concentrate on rescue and fighting the fire at the point of origin is that we knew the Eagle Mountain team would be there to back us up and take care of securing the area around the fire, to prevent it from spreading to trees, surrounding structures, and the gas tanks at the Country Store," he said.

The fire caused approximately $2,000 to $3,000 worth of damage, mostly from smoke damage.

The fire's point of origin was a mattress in the basement. Firefighters suspected a child or children playing with matches could have started the fire. The Utah County Sheriff's Office and Utah State Fire Marshall's Office are investigating the fire's cause.

"We haven't had a structure fire in Cedar Fort for about seven years, so it was encouraging that everything worked as it should have. Our training paid off," Penovich said.

No surrounding structures were involved in the fire. No injuries were reported.