3 fire departments respond after fire ignites in bedroom of Hurricane home

Multiple agencies respond to a house fire in Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 28, 2019 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

HURRICANE — The cause of a house fire in Hurricane that triggered a multi-agency response Monday afternoon is under investigation.

Hurricane Valley Fire Chief Tom Kuhlmann speaks to media at the scene of a house fire in Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 28, 2019 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

The fire was reported in the area of 700 West and 100 South at 12:31 p.m. after two people inside the residence heard smoke detectors activate, Hurricane Valley Fire Chief Tom Kuhlmann said.

The residents evacuated the house and called 911 after they saw flames coming from a bedroom.

As firefighters arrived, thick smoke was billowing from the house. Kuhlmann said crews performed a “quick initial attack” and managed to douse the flames before the fire spread throughout the house.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, nor were any pets unaccounted for.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Kuhlmann said.

Multiple agencies respond to a house fire in Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 28, 2019 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

As of Monday afternoon, crews were waiting for cyanide resulting from burned building materials and carbon monoxide to clear from the residence before entering to conduct a habitability assessment.

Kuhlmann said depending on the degree of smoke damage through the home, the residents could be displaced. If that’s the case, the fire district will coordinate with the American Red Cross to secure accommodations for the residents.

In total, 22 firefighters responded to fight the blaze from multiple agencies, including Hurricane Valley Fire District, Washington City Fire Department and Hildale/Colorado City Fire Department.

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

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