Two North Summit fires under investigation
August 2, 2016
Two fires that occurred over the weekend in North Summit are currently under investigation for arson, according to Tyler Rowser, a public information officer for the North Summit Fire District.
The first fire was reported at around 11:45 p.m. on Friday after a neighbor noticed flames in the yard of a vacant home along Henefer's Main Street, Rowser said. The fire reportedly never reached an acre.
"It was near structures, but crews were able to knock down the fire before it reached them," Rowser said. "The fire was just kind of creeping along and wasn't very big at all because of the time of the night and humidity."
Several agencies are currently working together to determine the cause, including the Utah Department of Public Safety and the Summit County Sheriff's Office. Rowser said the brushfire is considered of "suspicious nature" because of when and where it took place.
"The home that it was by was vacant and the yard was fenced in and the time of night led to some great suspicions about the fire," Rowser said.
The second incident was reported in the early morning hours of Sunday after a passerby noticed a home was on fire along Judd Lane in Coalville. Crews responded to the home, which was visible from Interstate 80, at about 4 a.m.
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"The first arriving crews had flames on the front side of the home and coming from the garage area," Rowser said. "Once they arrived on scene, they were able to douse the fire even though it had gone into the attic. They were were able to get up there and knock down the rest of it pretty quickly."
The homeowners were not there at the time and an estimate of the damage the two-story home incurred was unavailable. Rowser said the incident is also currently under investigation as a suspicious fire.
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