Attic fire in St. George home temporarily displaces residents

St. George firefighters respond to the scene of a small attic fire near 500 South, St. George, Utah, Jan. 28, 2019 | Photo by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A small fire ignited in the attic of a St. George house Monday morning resulting in a temporary evacuation of the home’s residents.

St. George firefighters respond to the scene of a small attic fire near 500 South, St. George, Utah, Jan. 28, 2019 | Photo by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News

At 9:40 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 500 South block near Flood Street in St. George on reports of a possible house fire. 

St. George Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Hooper said homeowners reported seeing flames and smoke coming from an interior wall.

“They (residents) were able to see the smoke and they called 911,” Hooper said. Residents then rapidly evacuated the home.

“Upon arrival a couple of minutes later, there was smoke showing from the residence from the roof area,” Hooper said.

Firefighters pulled down some ceiling inside the home, Hooper said, and were quickly able to extinguish the fire and isolate it to a small spot in the attic.

Three engines, one ladder truck and one fire department squad vehicle responded to the scene carrying 23 firefighters to prevent the fire from spreading throughout the home and nearby structures in the small neighborhood.

Gold Cross Ambulance also responded, but Hooper said no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported and that everyone in the home was evacuated without incident. The St. George Police Department also assisted with traffic control.

St. George firefighters respond to the scene of a small attic fire near 500 South, St. George, Utah, Jan. 28, 2019 | Photo by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News

Hooper said the fire is under investigation at this point, and they are still trying to determine what the possible cause might be.

“It looks to have started in the attic space,” Hooper said.

City of St. George Energy Services arrived to isolate the home and pull the power meter.

“There’s no power to the house right now, just in case the cause was electrical,” Hooper said.

Hooper said although there wasn’t extensive damage, the home would need repairs but is still livable. He said it could have been a much different scene if it happened in the middle of the night.

“When people can see stuff starting and call quickly, it helps.”

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