Small fire breaks out beside house in the Aerie |

Small fire breaks out beside house in the Aerie

Jay Hamburger The Park Record

A small fire broke out Monday morning beside a house in the Aerie, burning trees, bushes and wood chips before it was extinguished.

Two fire engines, a fire truck designed to battle brush fires and a battalion chief responded. The Park City Police Department was also heavily represented. The fire was behind a house on the 1300 block of Aerie Drive.

Steve Zwirn, a Fire District battalion chief who responded, said the fire burned approximately 150 square feet. The fire was next to the house. A nearby wooden fence was also slightly burned.

The house, which is made of concrete and stucco, was not damaged, Zwirn said.

He said the homeowner and a neighbor extinguished most of the fire with garden hoses by the time the firefighters arrived.

The authorities received a 911 call at 7 a.m. reporting the fire and the first fire engine reached the house seven minutes later.

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Police Chief Wade Carpenter, Hugh Daniels, who is City Hall’s emergency manager, and Kurt Simister, a fire investigator for the Park City Building Department, arrived quickly. Simister said the fire remained under investigation, but he said it did not appear to be caused by a person.

The Aerie has long been a concern for emergency planners given the layout of the neighborhood houses, many of which sit next to large expanses of brush. The Aerie is also notoriously windy and there is steep terrain in the neighborhood, two factors that could make it difficult to fight a brush fire there.