Early morning fire destroys Central home, injures homeowner

A home in Central was destroyed by fire early Monday morning, Central, Utah, Feb. 26, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Steve Haluska, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Most mornings in the small rural town of Central are quiet and relaxing. Not so Monday morning as a fire destroyed a home on Christie Lane, burning the homeowner and causing him to be sent to the hospital.

A view of the home in Central that burned Monday morning, circa May 2014 | Photo courtesy of Google Maps, St. George News

Central Fire Chief Steve Haluska said the fire was reported about 4:30 a.m. at the home at 187 E. Christie Lane after the homeowner awoke to flames and smoke. The first crews arrived at 4:45 and reported the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Units responded from Central, Veyo, Brookside, Enterprise and Dammeron Valley. While the main flames were knocked down by 5:20 a.m. the fire had caused nearby trees to catch on fire as well, Haluska said, sending sparks and flaming debris down the street and threatening nearby homes. No damage was reported to other structures.

A home in Central was destroyed by fire early Monday morning, Central, Utah, Feb. 26, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Steve Haluska, St. George News

The homeowner was burned while trying to escape the flames. Haluska said, and was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George and later taken by Intermountain Life Flight to University Medical Center’s burn unit in Las Vegas. His condition was unknown at the time of this report.

Haluska said the home was a complete loss, estimating the damage to the home and contents at $300,000. A garage on the property with a vehicle in it did not burn; however a four-wheeler in front of the house was “burned to the ground,” the chief said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time, Haluska said. Units were on scene until Monday afternoon making sure any hot spots were out and there was no hot or burning debris from nearby trees. About 20 firefighters responded to the fire.

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

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  • comments February 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    space heaters and heat lamps are some of the biggest culprits

    It always irritates me when fire investigators will use an extreme vague term like “electrical fire”, because electricity itself doesn’t cause fires. There’s a remote chance it could be caused by some really screwy wiring, but I’d say it almost always involves some sort of appliance, heater, light fixture, etc. If they use the extreme vague term “electrical fire” I’ll just assume they don’t have a clue what actually caused it. I’m not talking on this specific fire here, but maybe one of you “fire experts” can correct me if i’m wrong on this.

  • Striker4 February 26, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Oh my how impressive Prophet Bob is also an arson specialist he must of learned that in prophet school. I sure the investigators are over whelmed be he vast knowledge of everything. LOL !

    • Kyle L. February 26, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      Striker4: your a blasted idiot. What the hell is your problem with “comments”? I don’t always agree with him but you are just an a$$ to him. Give it a break already!

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