Fire burns 2 cars to a crisp in Cedar City neighborhood

Firefighters at the scene of a fire that burned two vehicles in Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 3, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed two cars in Cedar City Sunday morning.

Cedar City Fire responded to the blaze at 9:11 a.m. on the 1500 North block of Cedar Boulevard involving a blue van and red passenger car.

“The person who lives there and owns the vehicles heard a noise and saw that his van was fully engulfed,” Cedar City Fire Capt. Lowell Sorensen said, explaining that the homeowner then called 911 to report the fire.

When firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to the passenger car and both vehicles were fully engulfed in flames.

“High wind was definitely fanning the flames,” Sorensen said. “It was burning pretty rapidly.”

Firemen quickly began attacking the flames and had the fire out in less than five minutes.

“We had a really good, quick knockdown on it,” Sorensen said. “We felt lucky that we were able to keep it from spreading into the garage and nobody was injured.”

Firefighters at the scene of a fire that burned two vehicles in Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 3, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Both cars were completely charred and are considered a total loss. A portion of the adjacent garage door was also partially melted.

“It looks like the fire started in the passenger compartment of the van, but we don’t have a specific cause determined at this time, so that’s still being investigated,” Sorensen said.

“At this time, it appears that it was an unintentional fire,” he said. “It was more than likely some type of equipment failure from aftermarket equipment in the van.”

Officers from Cedar City Police Department also responded to assist at the scene.

Cedar City News reporter Jeff Richards contributed to this report.

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