On Tuesday, April 29, firefighters were called to a blaze at 406 Chinle, on Moab’s west side. Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke and flames caused by a blaze that had begun in the backyard and quickly moved up the exterior wall of the home and into the attic.
“The attic was fully engulfed within minutes,” MVFD Battalion Chief T.J. Brewer said in a news release. “Attic fires are very hard for fire personnel to extinguish due to the hidden nature of it.”
Fire investigators determined that the blaze was started by a wood-burning heater used for a hot tub in the yard, according to the news release.
A total of 24 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. The first fire engine arrived on scene within one minute after the fire department was notified, fire officials said.
Damage to the home was estimated at approximately $200,000, according to fire officials, and the home is currently uninhabitable.
Three days later, on Friday, May 2, firefighters were dispatched to 250 Hillside on a report of flames on the exterior of a home and smoke billowing from the eaves of the residence at 250 Hillside. A fence at the home was burning, according to the news release.
At the scene, firefighters found two old motorcycles, the fence, a pile of wood and weeds on fire in the backyard, Brewer said. The exterior blaze was quickly extinguished and firefighters moved inside the residence, where they discovered that the fire had moved into the attic. The fire crew was able to quickly put out the attic fire, minimizing damage to the residence, Brewer said.
An adjacent home on the south side of the residence also sustained some damage from the heat caused by the blaze.
Investigators determined that the fire was the result of weed-burning done by the owner earlier in the day, according to the news release.
Approximately 12 firefighters and four fire department vehicles responded to the blaze. The first engine arrived on scene in less than two minutes from the time of the page according to the news release.
Damage to the home on Hillside was estimated at approximately $7,500.