Firefighters respond to garage fire in Bloomington

Multiple crews responded to a garage fire and saved the home at 1638 3530 South Street in the Bloomington area of St. George, Utah, Oct. 4, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Todd Williamson and his family were at home this morning when a fire erupted in his garage sometime around 12:30 p.m. All three along with three dogs were able to evacuate safely.

The garage and a large Recreational Vehicle stored next to it were substantially burned, but the home, located at 1638 3530 South Street in the Bloomington area of St. George, was largely spared.

Left to right, Chris Wiliamson and father Todd Williamson, homeowner, talk with a firefighter, St. George, Utah, Oct. 4, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

Chris Williamson, Todd’s son, was heading out from their family business, Aztec Shuttle, when he noticed smoke and heard fire engines in the direction of his father’s home.  As he headed toward Bloomington, he said the closer he got the more he realized it was from the area of his dad’s house.  He called his dad to ask and Todd said to him, “That’s my house!”

Chris arrived shortly thereafter. He said that his dad, Todd, was able to run back into the home  and recover a very important painting.

“His mom painted it right before she died,” said Chris, “it was the last thing he had from her so it was important to him.”

Chris also was relieved to be able to access their Aztec phone system because he said the switch system is kept inside Todd’s house. It did not seem to be affected.

A Dodge Caravan was burned up inside the garage. “We think that’s where it started, in the van,” Chris said, that he and his dad thought that was the only thing it could be – that or the water heater.

Firefighters confirmed the fire started in the garage but the cause was not yet identified.

Firefighters respond to garage fire at 1638 3530 South Street in the Bloomington area of St. George, Utah, Oct. 4, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
Dodge Caravan inside the garage (front right) destroyed in the fire at 1638 3530 South Street in the Bloomington area of St. George, Utah, Oct. 4, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
Fire fighters rotate full and empty air tanks, St. George, Utah, Oct. 4, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
Firefighters addressing the interior of the home as garage continues to blaze. 1638 3530 South Street in the Bloomington area of St. George, Utah, Oct. 4, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
Secondary and third responding crews watch on as garage fire is battled at 1638 3530 South Street in the Bloomington area of St. George, Utah, Oct. 4, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
Homeowner Todd Williamson in green shirt looks on, St. George, Utah, Oct. 4, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
Firefighters dousing a fire at a home in Bloomington, St. George, Utah, Oct. 4, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

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