Second Cottonwood Heights Fire Has Neighbors Increasingly Worried

Cottonwood  Height Fire
Photos Courtesy: Gephardt Daily/ Arturo Soria

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, UTAH – September 3, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Unified Fire Department had to battle yet another field fire in Cottonwood Heights Thursday morning making this the second fire in a week that has threatened homes in the area.

According to Unified Fire Captain Dan Brown, the fire started around 3:40 a.m in the back of the home located at 2510 South Nantucket Dr., when a resident that lives there smelled smoke and called 911. “This area is very steep and difficult for our crews to fight but since we already had crews in the area, we were able to respond relatively quickly,” said Brown.

Renee’ King who lives at the home said they were awakened by their dog who sleeps on the deck in the back yard.  “My husband got up first and went to the back door to check on the dog when he smelled smoke,” said King. “We looked out and saw the field was on fire so we called 911 and started to notify the neighbors.”

King said this isn’t the first time a fire has started in the area and it is especially nerve wracking because a lot of the homes have wood decks.  “There were embers flying everywhere so we took our hoses and started to watering down the area,” said King. “It did get scary for a moment and started to become really critical. We thought the houses were going to catch fire until the fire department arrived and they were able to gain control.”

The fire burned just about 3/4 of an acre and was fully contained as of 7 a.m. No one was evacuated by the fire department but King said many of the residences evacuated themselves.

There were no injuries or structures damaged. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but Brown said the two fires are not related.


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