House fire in Santa Clara causes $40,000 in damage, displaces 3

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 1434 N. Santa Clara Dr. in Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

SANTA CLARA — Santa Clara, Ivins and St. George firefighters extinguished a house fire Wednesday that caused approximately $40,000 in damage and left three people temporarily displaced.

Just before 11 a.m., Ryan Moss, 23, was just coming home to get some work supplies when he noticed a tannish smoke coming from the roof of his neighbors’ house, located at 1434 N. Santa Clara Drive in Santa Clara.

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 1434 N. Santa Clara Dr. in Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 1434 N. Santa Clara Dr. in Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

“I knocked on the door and made sure there was no one in the house,” Moss said. “At first, I was second-guessing myself and thought, ‘No, it can’t be a fire.’ But then, when I knocked on the door, I could hear the fire alarms ringing and called 911.”

Homeowners Kerry Coop and Trish Coop and their son were not home at the time.

“I was just getting home from work, actually,” Kerry Coop said. “I turned to pull up to my house and the police stopped me and asked where I lived, and I told them, ‘That house right there,’ and they said, ‘Your house is on fire.'”

“My neighbor called and said, ‘You might want to come home. There’s smoke coming out of your house,'” Trish Coop said. “It was a long 2-mile drive home. It seemed like everyone was driving so slow.”

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 1434 N. Santa Clara Dr. in Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 1434 N. Santa Clara Dr. in Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

One engine from Santa Clara, an engine from St. George, a ladder truck and ambulance from Ivins, and 18 firefighters responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, the firefighters could see white, wispy smoke coming out of the roof vents. They entered through the front door and found heavy smoke about waist-high on the main floor, Santa Clara Fire Chief Dan Nelson said. Firefighters utilized an attack line to spray the fire and used fans to evacuate the smoke.

“We were able to get the fire under control within about 10 minutes,” Nelson said. “It looks like the fire started in the area of the kitchen. The total damage is approximately $40,000.”

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 1434 N. Santa Clara Dr. in Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 1434 N. Santa Clara Dr. in Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

The fire appears to have been a kitchen fire, but the exact cause is still under investigation. The Coops will be temporarily displaced, Nelson said.

“I worry mostly that I lost my pictures saved on my computer,” Trish Coop said. “Other than that, everything is replaceable.”

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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10 Comments

  • Bobber September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Oops I forgot I had some bacon on the stove…

  • Koolaid September 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Tannish smoke? Is that tan-in-a-can flammable? Didn’t read that do not apply on burning bosoms warning label? BTW, who wrote this grade school grammar article and could Little Deuce Coop and Chicken Coop not be reached for comment?

  • Darth Dude September 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    That house is just a few blocks from where I live, I hope that there was not too much damage because that is a really nice looking home but at least nobody got injured or killed.

    • mimscoop September 18, 2014 at 2:00 am

      That was our thought exactly, no one was hurt, thanks for your nice comment! Life does go on!

  • Doug September 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Huh? Since when is just before 11 am in the afternoon?

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic September 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Fair point, Doug. “Afternoon” has been stricken.
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  • Lilfact September 17, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Always unplug your toaster when your done with it.

    • Bobber September 17, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      Never heard that one before. Can you explain pls?

      • Lilfact September 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

        Most toasters have a spring in it that wears down. It’s hardly noticeable , but they can turn on at anytime. The crumb catcher at the bottom is most likely always full because most people never clean them. That is the fuel for the fire. It happens more than you think.

  • mimscoop September 18, 2014 at 2:10 am

    That was our thought exactly, no one was hurt, thanks for your nice comment! Life does go on! Thanks to Ashley, she was very caring and professional during her interview.

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