ST. GEORGE — Smoke filled the sky Saturday afternoon above a fire that consumed four mobile homes at Grandview Mobile Home Park in St. George and left several families displaced.
Shortly after 1 p.m., the St. George Communications Center received a report of smoke dispersing from underneath a mobile home at 425 E. 900 South in St. George. By the time St. George Fire Department’s firefighters responded to the scene, flames had completely engulfed the trailer, St. George Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Taylor said.
All occupants of the mobile homes immediately surrounding the initial trailer fire were evacuated. Wind, heat and the closeness of the structures in this area created further challenges for firefighters attempting to extinguish the fire, Taylor said.
Dean Ford, of Hurricane, said he was on a walk with his two young daughters when he he saw smoke.
“We started walking over to see what was going on and then we heard three big explosions,” Ford said. “‘Blam, blam, blam.'”
The explosions heard by Ford and others at the scene were most likely caused by aerosol cans, small propane tanks or inflated tires, Taylor said. Those are the three most common causes of such explosions during a structure fire.
Joshua Grenville, 19, lived with his girlfriend, her little brother, her parents and a small dog in the mobile home located directly east of the first trailer that caught fire. Theirs was the second home to succumb to the flames. Grenville said his girlfriend’s little brother came running into the living room yelling that there was a fire next door.
“I ran out and grabbed the hose to see if I could try to prevent some of it spreading,” Grenville said. “But the police told me to back away. We just stood here waiting for our home to catch on fire. I want to cry. I’m angry. Family photos, my bed, clothes. It’s all gone up in smoke.”
Everyone in the trailer, including the dog, was evacuated safely.
The fire continued to spread to two other adjacent mobile homes, each with a shed and vegetation that also burned. Four homes and four sheds were engulfed in all. Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable to fire, Taylor said, especially when they’ve been added onto.
“This fire had a significant impact because we had so many families affected,” Taylor said. “On a calm day, the fire is usually confined to one structure, but wind spreads it horizontally.”
Two aerial ladders and six fire engines were utilized. Washington City Fire Department and Santa Clara Fire Department assisted St. George Fire Department, and St. George Police Department assisted with traffic control, evacuation and securing the scene.
The fire was confirmed extinguished after about three hours of defense fighting. At the time of this report’s publication, there have been no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
This is the third fire to occur in Grandview Mobile Home Park within the past year, but Taylor said the three fires are unconnected.
The Red Cross opened a reception center at the St. George Recreation Center, 285 S. 400 East, and invites anyone affected by the fire to come there. The center will remain open until everyone’s needs are met, Disaster Relief Manager Paul Dunsdon said.
Anyone desiring to make a donation to help the affected families is asked to call 435-879-9033.
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