Firefighters douse fire near home

ST. GEORGE – Firefighters responded to a small fire by the side of a home on Slate Ridge Circle in the Knolls area of St. George Thursday evening.

The call was originally paged out as a brush fire, but while firefighters were en route, the call was changed to a structure fire due to wind pushing the fire up to the side of the house, St. George Fire Captain Brad Esplin said

“The resident who lives here said he was down in the basement, saw a cloud of smoke come by the basement window, came out (and) saw two spots of brush on fire,” Esplin said. “With this little breeze, it took it right up against the house.”

The homeowner and neighbors attempted to put the fire out with a water hose before firefighters arrived, Esplin said. Once they arrived and applied water to the small blaze, it was extinguished in less than a minute, he said.

The fire was contained to an electrical box and some of the landscaping. The homeowner was lucky the flames didn’t get into the walls of the home, Esplin said. He did not comment on how the fire may have started.

No injuries resulted from the fire.

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

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