Utah News

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

West Valley house fire starts from unattended candle while family steps away

PHOTOS: A house fire started after a dresser caught fire due to a burning candle on Sunday night at 3285 Valcrest Drive in West Valley City. West Valley Battalion Chief Jed Peters said the family went to go get dinner and left the candle burning as they stepped away from the home. When the family returned they noticed the house was on fire. By the time firefighters arrived, the family had mostly put the fire out, Chief Peters said. There are no reported injuries and property damages were estimated to be $5,000. Chief Peters reminded residents of the inherent risks of candles and to make sure to use them safely.
KMYU-TV 12 St. George

Column: Thanks Richfield Fire Department volunteers

The Richfield Fire Department is like a lot of rural departments, staffed entirely by volunteers. Each person in the department is committed to spending time each week training to attain and maintain certifications. This is in addition to an average of more than 100 calls firefighters in Richfield respond to each year. Some are dramatic structure fires, but many of the calls are low key, such as a call last week to help students at Richfield High School get out of an elevator. It took just a few minutes, but it represented a dozen or more men dropping whatever they were doing — including working at their jobs — to respond. Providing essential services with a limited tax base is something that local governments grapple with on a regular basis. his results in a reliance on volunteers. The volunteers help provide not only immediate help, but also save rural emergency budgets. Departments that pursue training can help lower home insurance costs, which benefit everyone in the community.
Richfield Reaper

Rep. John Curtis, Sen. Mitt Romney introduce bill to help communities with wildfire recovery

U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, are among those who introduced a bill that would give communities impacted by wildfires greater flexibility during the cleanup and recovery process. The Making Access to Cleanup Happen (MATCH) Act would make changes to the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program to “expedite disaster cleanup, save taxpayers money, and prevent further disasters,” according to a press release. The EWP is a federal recovery program that helps communities impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. Specifically, the act would direct the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to put together a list of wildfire recovery activities for potential EWP sponsors and establish a procedure for the sponsors to consult with state natural resource conservation offices, the press release said.
Daily Herald

Friday, January 17, 2020

Tracking a decade of Richfield City Fire Department calls

The Richfield City Fire Department responded to 1,005 calls in the past decade, according to a report compiled by Brion Terry, the department’s second lieutenant. When people think of a fire department, they often think of homes and other structures being saved from burning down, but as it turns out structure fires are only a small part of what the department responds to. “That doesn’t mean the department isn’t still working hard,” Terry said. The department, which is manned by volunteers, saw demand for its services grow in 2019, as the number of calls grew to 135. Much of that growth is due to requirements that fire prevention activities be reported, such as giving presentations to schools and community groups. Some 16.5 percent of the department’s calls in 2019 were for fire prevention.
Richfield Reaper

Follow-up: Deadly plane crash in Roy neighborhood caught on video

A small plane crashed Wednesday in a Utah neighborhood, killing the pilot as the aircraft narrowly avoided hitting any townhomes, authorities said. The 64-year-old pilot who died in the crash was identified as David Goode, according to the Roy City Police Department. The twin-engine Cessna crashed in Roy, police Sgt. Matthew Gwynn said. Debris from the plane crashed through the roof of a home that didn't have anybody inside at the time, he said according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The pilot had taken off around 3 p.m. from an airport in Bountiful for what was supposed to be a short flight to an airport in Ogden, but he crashed about half a mile from the runway, Gwynn said. Photos and videos that people posted online showed the wreckage on fire, with flames a few feet high topped by black smoke on a street with houses on both sides.
NBC News

Cedar City Firefighters respond to structure fire at mobile home, rescue 2 dogs

The Cedar City Fire Department responded to a small structure fire Friday morning. Firefighters were dispatched to a mobile home at 465 N. 800 West at approximately 7:45 a.m. on a chilly morning with fresh snow on the ground. Fire Marshal Mike Shurtz told Cedar City News that two fire engines responded to the scene at Mammoth Mobile Estates. A Gold Cross Ambulance was also on standby. “We had two engines respond and our squad,” Shurtz said. “They had the fire under control in about 15 minutes. It was a pretty small fire, just in the kitchen area of this mobile home.” Only two dogs were in the mobile home at the time of the fire and were taken in by neighbors. No residents were in the home, and no injuries occurred.
St George News

St. George: Elderly driver runs red light, strikes 2 cars before crashing through multiple fences and into house

VIDEO: An elderly man was transported to the hospital after the SUV he was driving reportedly collided with two vehicles, crashed through two fences and then struck a house on Dixie Downs Thursday morning. Shortly before noon officers and emergency personnel responded to the 1100 block of North Dixie Downs on what was initially reported as a two-vehicle crash involving a white Saturn Outlook that drove into a house. As responders made their way to the scene, a second crash was reported on Dixie Downs across from the Lins Market parking lot involving a red Dodge pickup truck that was in the center turn lane, St. George Police Officer Tiffany Atkin said. As it turned out, there were two crash scenes and both involved the same Saturn.
St George News

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