Vehicle fire halts Tuacahn trip

Vehicle fire on Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, Utah, Oct. 17, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Christine Rezny, St. George News

IVINS – A trip to Tuacahn was halted for a woman and two children Saturday when the SUV they were traveling in caught fire on Tuacahn Drive.

Vehicle fire on Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, Utah, Oct. 17, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Christine Rezny, St. George News
Vehicle fire on Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, Utah, Oct. 17, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Christine Rezny, St. George News

Around 5:15 p.m., the Ivins Fire Department and other responders were sent Tuacahn Drive, just south of Citadel Road, where a Ford Explorer was engulfed in flames.

The driver of the vehicle, Natalie Ellis, of Lehi, said she heard a strange sound from inside the SUV prior to the blaze’s ignition and pulled over, turning the engine off. Nothing appeared to be wrong, she said, and with Tuacahn close by, she decided to continue on.

After beginning to move again, the SUV started smoking from underneath the hood.

Ellis, her daughter and a friend’s daughter traveling with them got out of the SUV before it was overtaken by the fire brewing beneath the hood, which ultimately engulfed the vehicle.

Aftermath of a vehicle fire on Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, Utah, Oct. 17, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Aftermath of a vehicle fire on Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, Utah, Oct. 17, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The fire was put out by a fire crew from the Ivins Fire Department, but by then the SUV was a total loss.

While Ellis and the two girls, who had been planning to take the backstage tour at Tuacahn, surveyed the charred remains of the SUV, a woman in a minivan offered to take them the rest of the way to the amphitheater.

There appeared to be no injuries sustained in connection with the fire, and no other vehicles were involved.

Traffic on Tuacahn Drive was reduced to a single lane and halted at times as responders dealt with the scene.

Santa Clara-Ivins Police and Ivins City Ambulance were also on scene.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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