Fire tears through Veyo home, displaces family of 6

Early morning fire destroys home and displaces family of six, Veyo, Utah, Nov. 10, 2014| Photo courtesy of Cheryl Christensen, St. George News

VEYO – A fire ripped through a home on North Main Street in Veyo early Monday morning, completely engulfing the home, and displacing the family of six who lived inside.

The fire was reported shortly after 5:30 a.m., and by 8 a.m., the fire was still burning through the modular home.

Early morning fire destroys home and displaces family of six, Veyo, Utah, Nov. 10, 2014| Photo courtesy of Cheryl Christensen, St. George News
Early morning fire destroys home and displaces family of six, Veyo, Utah, Nov. 10, 2014| Photo courtesy of Cheryl Christensen, St. George News

“We’re still putting out hotspots,” Central Fire Department Chief Wendy McQuay said at 8:01 a.m.. “It’s a complete loss at this point but it’s still burning.”

While the home is a complete loss, the family all made it out of the home safely, McQuay said. They have gone to a neighbor’s house for the time being.

A truck and a boat were also completely destroyed by the fire.

“We thought there were oxygen tanks in the basement,” McQuay said, “but we’re unable to get in there and really look into any of that at this point.”

The Northwestern Special Service District – which includes Veyo, Central, Brookside, Mountain Meadows, and Gunlock – responded to the scene, as well as Dammeron Valley Fire, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Gold Cross Ambulance.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, McQuay said.

Veyo resident Susan Hart said the fire had the neighborhood on high alert this morning.

“It was so early in the morning,” Hart said. “I rolled over because the dogs were just barking a different bark and they wouldn’t shut up. So I lifted up the window and just sort of looked out and thought ‘Oh, my gosh!’ You could just see the flames just shooting up.”

Hart said she got her husband and kids up and they went outside and could hear the neighbors yelling, ‘There’s a fire! Get up! Get out!’

“My husband grabbed our hose and squirted the grass in front of our house and I did too,” Hart said. “Then we put our kids on like ’ember alert’ when stuff started blowing over to our house because there’s so much sage and everything else that can go up so fast – they were just running around with the hose, and every time they’d see a big thing, they would go squirt it down.”

Hart said all of the neighbors worked together to knock on neighborhood doors in the area to notify everyone of the situation. Residents of the neighborhood also moved their vehicles out into the road in case they needed to quickly evacuate the area, she said.

Early morning fire destroys home and displaces family of six, Veyo, Utah, Nov. 10, 2014| Photo courtesy of Cheryl Christensen, St. George News
” Early morning fire destroys home and displaces family of six, Veyo, Utah, Nov. 10, 2014| Photo courtesy of Cheryl Christensen, St. George News

“Luckily, there was no wind,” Hart and another neighbor Cheryl Christensen each said.

“The fire stayed pretty contained,” Hart said. “Had the wind picked up, had it been blowing in that direction, we’d have been in real trouble.”

Explosions from the fire could also be heard throughout the neighborhood, making the situation extra scary for residents.

“It all happened so fast,” Hart said,” and by the time we were out there, we just hear ‘KA-BOOM!’ And then there were several other explosions – just ‘Ka-pow! Ka-pow!’ – real loud like that.”

A truck, parked in the carport of the burning home, also exploded.

“It jerked it off the ground – ‘Boom!’ – you saw that truck jump,” Hart said. “It was a hot fire too so it was really scary. I think they had a lot of stuff over there so it burned a long time.”

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

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11 Comments

  • My Evil Twin November 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Glad everybody made it out OK. Anybody started a charity drive for this family?

    • Zonkerb November 11, 2014 at 5:14 am

      Yes they are going to have a dance in Veyo so one gets arrested while they try to figure out where all those illegal weapons came from that burned in the fire

  • Koolaid November 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    VEYO, land of trailers and trucks. Ka-pow! Ka-pow! Ka-pow! Was that ammo going off?

    • troll hunter November 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Ah! I spy my quarry – A particularly active troll!

      • Zonkerb November 11, 2014 at 6:38 am

        nobody said you have to read his comments.. Pfffffffft

    • Zonkerb November 11, 2014 at 5:16 am

      Those butane fed stills have really big tanks

  • sagemoon November 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    So sad. I’m glad to hear the family is okay.

  • Rachel November 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Super impressed with the residents in Veyo. Not only did they wake and save their neighbors, but they were defending their homes from the embers of the fire. People who live in these areas, take note. Make sure you have adequate defensible space. Kudos NSSD!

  • Corey November 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Yes, Dixie Power is heading up a charity drive for the family. Please drop off any items you feel the family could use at this time. We will make sure it gets to the family. Thank you for your help. Our office is located at 145 West Brigham Road.
    Dixie Power

  • lexie November 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    My family own the home and property that was burned down. We have home owners insurance so the home is covered, we lost a lot of our own personal possessions we stored in a locked room in the basement but the the family lost all possessions in the fire. So sad to see my childhood home gone like this..

  • Lb November 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

    The hero here is the 12 year old who woke up the family and helped her disabled Grandmother get out of the home, returning to make sure her sister and Aunt were getting out, all while oxygen and propane tanks wre exploding ! Please check your smoke alarms, make sure to store propellant ‘s in a safe place away from your home, we were so lucky not to have lost lives and we all need to take action to keep our family’s safe. You are your first line of defense

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