PCFD responds to blaze in chimney
January 6, 2015
The Park City Fire District was busy over New Year’s Eve weekend. According to Park City Fire District Chief Paul Hewitt, "From New Year’s Eve to the 1st, the Park City Fire District responded to 70 calls, well over double our normal call volume. These calls included: a full arrest, water leaks from frozen broken pipes, minor traffic accidents, a suicidal patient, fire alarm calls, inter-facility transfers, chest pain, medical assist, a fall victim, a seizure call, breathing problems, a diabetic problem, and other sick calls."
The Park City Fire District also responded to two separate alarms Friday evening, Jan. 2. A report of a possible fire at the Park City Film Studio site on State Road 248, turned out to be a false alarm. The second was a chimney fire at a condominium on Village Round Drive near Canyons Resort which resulted in some damage to the home but no injuries.
According to PCFD Battalion Chief Ray Huntzinger, on Friday evening, a passerby noticed a flickering light coming from inside the film studio structure which is still under construction. Police and fire vehicles were dispatched to the site where they determined the light was coming from a forced-air propane heater.
The second incident involved a fire in the chimney chase of a condo rented by eight guests who were in town vacationing.
Huntzinger said that firefighters spend about four hours at the scene making sure the fire had not spread to any other parts of the roof. He said the residents were able to return to the unit, which incurred approximately $7,000 worth of damage.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but Huntzinger said it appeared that, after years of fires, the chimney had just overheated.
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