CEDAR CITY — Flames from a fast-burning fire consumed the service garage at D & P Performance & Recreation, a locally owned and operated Arctic Cat dealer, Monday evening.
Cedar City Police were dispatched to the business, located at 110 E. Center St., at 7:04 p.m. on a report of a structure fire.
The business was closed and no one was in the garage when the fire started. No one, including emergency responders, was injured, Cedar City Police Sgt. Clint Pollock said.
The flames quickly consumed the garage, including the roof and all of its service bays, burning equipment.
“Pretty extensive in the bays where they service and maintain the vehicles. We were able to stop it before it got to the storefront,” Cedar City Fire Chief Mike Phillips said.
How the fire started is under investigation. The Fire Marshall is scheduled to look into the cause Tuesday morning.
Responding fire fighters fought the blaze in freezing temperatures. The fire suppression effort was exacerbated by the cold, freezing the mist from the fire hoses, causing fire fighters to slip and fall while working, Phillips said.
“All the water we sprayed down ended up just turning to ice,” Phillips said.
Salt was brought in by Cedar City Public Works to melt the ice, allowing a safer work environment.
Fire personnel were on site late into the evening working on the origination and putting out the hot spots, Pollock said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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