SGFD responds to fire at Riverwoods Mill

Firefighters respond to a reported dumpster fire at the Riverwoods Mill in the Fort Pierce Industrial Park, St. George, Utah, Nov. 22, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Will Hansen, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A fire ignited Saturday afternoon in a dumpster that serves as a sawdust depository unit on the east side of Riverwoods Mill cabinet shop in St. George.

Firefighters responded to  a reported dumpster fire at the Riverwoods Mill in the Port Pierce industrial park, St. George, Utah, Nov. 22, 2014 | Photo courtesy of  Will Hansen, ST. George News
Firefighters responded to a reported dumpster fire at the Riverwoods Mill in the Fort Pierce Industrial Park, St. George, Utah, Nov. 22, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Will Hansen, St. George News

Just after 2 p.m., a passerby reported a fire was coming from a dumpster sitting on the east side of Riverwoods Mill, located at 316 E. 1400 South in St. George. The St. George Fire Department responded to the scene to find smoke billowing from the dumpster, St. George Fire Capt. Dan Cazier said.

“When we showed up, the flames were about 20 feet above the dumpster,” Cazier said. “It was easy to find.”

The sawdust collection system in Riverwoods Mill vacuums dust from machines and deposits it into the dumpster where the fire started, Cazier said. The vacuum that hovers above the dumpster had small amounts of sawdust that caught fire from the rising flames, but the fire was not found to have extended to the interior of the building.

Firefighters respond to  a reported dumpster fire at the Riverwoods Mill in the Fort Pierce Industrial Park, St. George, Utah, Nov. 22, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
Firefighters respond to a reported dumpster fire at the Riverwoods Mill in the Fort Pierce Industrial Park, St. George, Utah, Nov. 22, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within five minutes using water. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fires are commonly seen igniting in the dust collecting dumpsters at cabinet shops from rags that have been used to stain wood and then get sucked up by the vacuum systems, combusting in the dust, Cazier said.

The amount of damage caused by the fire is estimated to be under $10,000, he said.

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

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1 Comment

  • Zonkerb November 24, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Well let’s get a fundraiser and charity dance set up I’m sure some polyg Mormon family have been devastated by this catastrophe…. I figure 5 bucks a head for the dance should do it

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