Rekindled fire

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Flames could be seen from across the street at the Beaver Dam Fire Station Thursday morning, as crews responded to a home on Combe lane engulfed in flames. Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam Fire Department.

Fire crews from Beaver Dam, Mesquite and Bunkerville responded to a familiar scene Thursday morning to extinguish yet another fire that had already torched the residence three days prior.

Fire crews worked for nearly two hours to extinguish the fire and make sure that they left no hot spots, which meant removing portions of the roof on the opposite side of the home, as they followed trails of smoke to active flames. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

A total of 14 personnel responded to what was left of a double-wide mobile home on Combe Lane just after midnight on June 15. Due to the initial fire on June 11, the home was vacant, as neighbors told the MLN that the resident had moved back to Cedar City.

Initially, Beaver Dam Fire Chief Jeff Hunt told the MLN that it may have been possible that the initial fire had been smoldering for three days before reigniting and burning much of what was left of the residence.

“Rekindling is typically something where you’ll see a little bit of smoke after the initial fire,” said Hunt. “But that wasn’t the case here. Generally with a rekindle you don’t suddenly have a full flame. This flame had to find some source of fast-burning fuel to do this.”

Crews cut the roof further down on the house after extinguishing the flames to ensure that all of the hot spots were gone. Hunt told the MLN that they

Fire crews worked for nearly two hours to extinguish the fire and make sure that they left no hot spots, which meant removing portions of the roof on the opposite side of the home, as they followed trails of smoke to active flames. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

The aftermath of Thursday morning’s fire is that of a home half-charred by flames. The damage from Thursday’s fire further damaged what the June 11 fire had scarred, but was restricted to the structure itself and did not spread to neighboring shrubs or structures. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

ended up cutting further down than expected to reach those spots. They continued finding heat in the attic and cut several parts of the roof to hose down those areas. After two hours of cutting the structure and dousing water, crews were cleared from the scene.

Mesquite Fire Captain Will Martinez told the MLN that although the structure had a firestop built into the structure, it wasn’t complete and that’s how the fire continued through the attic.

The official cause of the rekindled fire is still under investigation and the home is assumed to be a total loss.

 

 

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