News short: Fire in Duck Creek completely destroys cabin

The now-destroyed cabin at 60 North Apollo trail, in the Duck Creek area of the Dixie National Forest, Utah, date unknown | Photo courtesy of realestatebook.com, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — Authorities are continuing to investigate a fire in Kane County that burned an unoccupied cabin to the ground Monday.

The Cedar Mountain Fire Protection District was dispatched to a house fire at 60 North Apollo Trail in the Duck Creek area of the Dixie National Forest at about 8:10 a.m.

When fire crews arrived on scene about 15 minutes later, they found the roof collapsed and flames engulfing the inside of the 3,100 square-foot cabin, Fire Chief Casey Tuttle said.

“There was an inversion, so the fire wasn’t easy to see. We couldn’t see the smoke or the flames until we were almost to the cabin and it was obvious the fire had been burning for a while,” he said. “The roof was completely collapsed and the windows and doors were engulfed in flames.”

With the cabin obviously destroyed, Tuttle said they decided to let the fire burn rather than to fight it and battle the winter storm at the time, which was yielding five to six inches of snow every hour.

The owners of the cabin were not there at the time of the fire but had visited the previous week during the holidays. The cause of the fire is undetermined but authorities said it continues to be investigated.

Email: tsullivan@stgnews.com

Twitter: @tracie_sullivan

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