ST. GEORGE – A short-lived residential electrical fire shut down a segment of Main Street Tuesday afternoon.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., firefighters were sent to a single-family home on Main Street between 300 South and 400 South. Light smoke was reported to be coming out of the wall in the front of the home, St. George Fire Battalion Chief Ken Guard said.
There had been some Do It Yourself-style remodeling in that part of the home, Guard said, something that was made all the more evident when firefighters took out a part of the wall.
“Some of the wiring wasn’t the greatest,” Guard said. “That’s what caused the problem.”
Power to the home was shut off, and the fire was isolated to a small part of the home in the front. Firefighters tore out a part of the wall and used a small amount of water to put out the fire, Guard said.
No one was injured in the fire, and the occupants had evacuated the residence. Damages to the home are estimated to be approximately $2,000.
When it comes to electrical work on homes, Guard said he suggested homeowners hire licensed electricians in order to avoid such incidents.
Five fire engines and a ladder truck responded to the scene with 25 firefighters. Gold Cross Ambulance was also on scene. St. George Police officers closed Main Street between 300 South and 400 South while firefighters dealt with the scene.
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