UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | November 13, 2022

Fire Claims La Verkin House, Wind Complicates Blaze

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A La Verkin home, four vehicles, and a storage shed are completely destroyed after a fire Thursday around 2 a.m. One of the adults noticed the smell of smoke and all three people in the home were able to get out safely.   

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the home and several vehicles completely engulfed by flames.  The gusting 25 mile-per-hour winds and a free flowing natural gas service line complicated the extinguishing of the fire for the 39 firefighters who responded to the call.  

In addition to the home and vehicles, power poles, electrical wires and communication lines also caught fire.  Although the windswept flames covered a one block radius, the downwind fires were easily extinguished and the fire loss was contained to the initial area immediately surrounding the burning home.   

Several homes threatened by the fire were evacuated and power was shut off by Rocky Mountain Power workers for safety and precautionary reasons.  

Two adults were treated on the scene and one was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for minor breathing problems.  

Crews restored power to the area and work to restore telephone, cable and Internet lines is being done.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.