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.
“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.
“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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