Fire destroys Echo cabin |

Fire destroys Echo cabin

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A fire July 5 destroyed a cabin at Grass Creek Ranches northeast of Coalville.

The blaze left a North Summit firefighter with minor injuries from smoke inhalation, said Mark Giauque, a spokesman for the North Summit Fire District.

The fire, which was reported at about 4:29 a.m., had engulfed the home by the time firefighters arrived, Giauque explained.

"When they called it was already fully engulfed," Giauque said. "They just kept it from spreading."

Fire crews accessed the home through Chalk Creek east of Coalville, he explained.

Though under investigation, the cause of the fire does not appear suspicious, Giauque said.

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Appliances in the home operated on propane, he said.

Nobody was inside the cabin when it burned.

"People camping in a nearby cabin across the canyon smelled the smoke," Giauque said. "Then they finally saw the glow on the side of the mountain."

Narrow roads made accessing that fire difficult, he said.

"It did catch some oak brush nearby on fire," Giauque said. "The fact that we had so much rain, and conditions were so wet, really stopped a bad situation from getting much worse."

The fire also destroyed two generators and two all terrain vehicles.

"It was a weekend cabin," Giauque said, adding that nobody was living in the structure full time.