Fire Destroys Utah Home as Winds Build

A house in Rush Valley (UT) was gutted by a fire fueled by strong winds which caused the home to collapse just after firefighters left the structure, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. Two people in the home were able to escape without injury.

Firefighters from around Tooele County attacked the fire and almost had it extinguished, but the wind picked up and the fire expanded just as firefighters were transitioning between water sources, according to a Tooele County spokesman. Firefighters had to evacuate the home as the second story began to collapse.

Water was transported with water tenders from nearby Stockton, which is about five miles away, since there are no hydrants in Rush Valley. Wind speeds were estimated to be 20 to 30 miles per hour.

Seven fire departments, 36 firefighters, two Mountain West ambulances and crews, and Tooele County Emergency Management responded to the fire. Firefighters from Rush Valley, Tooele, Terra, Stockton, North Tooele County, Grantsville and Deseret Chemical Depot assisted in battling the fire.

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