Utah News

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Fire destroys home in Newcastle

PHOTO: A residence in a remote area of Iron County in the northern part of Newcastle burned to the ground Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported, as the home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, authorities said. At approximately 3:19 p.m., dispatchers in Cedar City received several calls of a residential structure fire in the area of 6300 North and Antelope Road, according to a news release issued by Iron County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies from Iron County Sheriff’s Office responded and found a single residence and multiple vehicles fully engulfed in flames, the news release stated, adding that firefighters from Beryl, Newcastle and Enterprise fire departments all responded, as did Gold Cross Ambulance personnel. The home and vehicles are considered a total loss.
St George News

Washington County: Man transported by Life Flight following dirt bike crash marks 6th SAR in 2 days for busy rescue crew

PHOTO: A 73-year-old man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center via Intermountain Life Flight Sunday after rescue crews responded to a call that he had crashed his dirt bike on a trail just north of LaVerkin. Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Darrel Cashin said Search and Rescue personnel, as well as emergency personnel from Hurricane Valley Fire, responded to the crash on the Toquerville Twister Trail Sunday at around 12:30 p.m. The man was riding dirt bikes with family on a section of narrow single track with a ravine on one side. The man was unable to navigate the narrow part and fell into the ravine along with the dirt bike, Cashin said. Cashin said he did not know whether the motorcycle hit the man during the fall, but he was complaining of a lot of back pain. Based on the location and injuries of the man, Hurricane Valley Fire called Life Flight to assist.
St George News

Hurricane patrol truck hit in crash on SR-9

VIDEO: Hurricane Police and Utah Highway Patrol officers responded to a crash involving a Hurricane police officer on state Route 9 in Hurricane Monday afternoon. Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Shawn Judd said officers were called to a crash involving the officer and another vehicle at the intersection of State Street or SR-9 and 700 West. The officer was stopped at the intersection traveling southbound on 700 West when his light turned green and he proceeded forward through the intersection, Judd said. A female driver of a passenger car heading west on State Street in Hurricane did not stop at the red light in her direction and hit the Hurricane patrol truck on the front wheel, Judd said. Judd said an independent witness confirmed that the officer did have a green light and hadn’t proceeded into the intersection until it had turned green.
St George News

Monday, November 30, 2020

Fire rips through abandoned Salt Lake building

VIDEO: A fire at an abandoned building in downtown Salt Lake City has closed a portion of 300 West as firefighters combat the blaze, authorities say. All northbound lanes from 600 North to 700 North are closed. While southbound lanes remain open, drivers are being asked to avoid the area altogether. The building is located on 646 N. 300 West, and firefighters engaged in defensive firefighting operations as smoke and flames reached the roof, the Salt Lake City Fire Department confirmed via Twitter. The blaze started at approximately 4 a.m., and crews are on scene to ensure the fire does not spread to any of the surrounding residences. Crews initially worried about whether a gas station located near the structure would be impacted. Fire officials say 300 West will be closed for some time due to both the flames and ice.
KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

Woman falls 30 feet in balloon accident in St. George

A woman was injured when she fell 30 feet from a hot air balloon on Saturday. The St. George Fire Department responded to reports that a woman fell from a hot air balloon Saturday just before 6 p.m., St. George Fire Department Chief Robert Stoker said. “Witnesses said she was lifted 30 feet in the air before she fell,” Stoker said. “Though she was conscious and alert when we found her, she was placed on a backboard, and we used C-spine precautions.” The fall occurred in the open field behind South Mountain Community Church. The woman, whose name has not been released, was standing on the ground when she got caught in a rope as the balloon ascended into the air. Though it’s unclear how severe the woman’s injuries were, Stoker said it can be tricky to know how a fall will affect someone.
St George News

One woman dead after car accident in Magna

VIDEO: One woman is dead after a car accident in Magna on Friday night. Officials say the woman was driving a Black Hyundai Sonata traveling North on 7200 W. when she ran a red light at the SR 201 intersection. An Nissan Titan pickup truck traveling East collided with the driver side door of the Sonata. The 33-year-old woman driving the Sonata died as a result from her injuries. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The 19-year-old driver and 20-year-old passenger of the pickup truck sustained minor injuries from the crash. They were both wearing seat belts. Officials say the speed limit in the area is 50 miles per hour, so they think the pickup truck was traveling at or near the speed limit when it collided with the Sonata.
KSTU-TV FOX 13 Salt Lake City

Prosecutors want bail denied for Spanish Fork man accused of setting wife’s clothes on fire

Prosecutors have requested a man who allegedly set his wife's clothes on fire after finding out she was having an affair, only for the fire to spread to his house, be held without bail. Efrain Solis Mendoza, 35, of Spanish Fork, was charged Monday in 4th District Court with aggravated arson, a first-degree felony; two counts of child abuse, a class A misdemeanor; and intoxication, a class C misdemeanor. On Nov. 19, after finding out his wife was having an affair, Mendoza took his wife's clothes, put them in two trash cans and lit them on fire outside his house, underneath his children's bedrooms, according to charging documents. "Officers responded and saw the flames coming up from what was garbage cans and the house was now on fire. The plastic siding was burning," the charges state. Police officers used fire extinguishers until fire crews arrived. Four children were treated for smoke inhalation.
KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

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