2 fires in less than 12 hours keep crews busy

CEDAR CITY – Two different structure fires kept fire crews busy Wednesday, the first call coming in early in the morning.

The clean-up efforts of a fire crews Wednesday at the W. Kent Corry law office where a fire blazed through the attic – Photo by Tracie Sullivan – Behind the Headlines

Cedar City firefighters were called out at 1:30 a.m. on reports of a brush fire in the area of 2500 West and 3600 North. When they arrived on scene however, they found a modular home on fire that had been burning for some time, Cedar City Fire Chief Mike Phillips said.

“We weren’t able to save it,” he said. “It had been burning for a while before it was reported so there wasn’t a lot we could do by the time we got there.”

The home was being cleaned after renters had just moved out and was unoccupied. Phillips said he believes the estimated damage is around $150,000 to $200,000.

Fire crews responded to the second structure fire at around 12:15 p.m.

The fire was located at W. Kent Corry’s law office in the area of 200 North 600 West.

Crews were able to salvage the building by containing the flames in the attic where the fire started.

“We were able to save the structure as well as most of the computer equipment and files inside through our suppression and salvage efforts,” Phillips said, “but the fire burned out the attic so there is substantial damage in that area.”

The chief was not able to give an estimated cost of damage but said he is sure it will be significant.

Both fires are still under investigation as to what caused them.

The clean-up efforts of a fire crews Wednesday at the W. Kent Corry law office where a fire blazed through the attic – Photo by Tracie Sullivan – Behind the Headlines

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