Metal grinder sparks fire, ignites shed

Hurricane Fire Department responds to a fire ignited by metal grinder, Hurricane, Utah, June 25, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

HURRICANE — Hurricane Fire Department extinguished a fire that threatened homes after sparks from a grinder started in the backyard of a resident’s home, located at 619 South Main Street in Hurricane, Wednesday afternoon.

At approximately 3:40 p.m. a Hurricane man was working on a trailer cutting metal with a grinder when the shower of sparks ignited foxtails and dead grass in his backyard. The man reported the fire and then grabbed a garden hose to douse the flames, Hurricane Fire Captain Nick Wright said.

The breeze spread the flames south burning through a white plastic fence and lighting a tin shed on fire. The fire partially melted a motorcycle and caught other items inside of the shed on fire totaling around $8,000 worth of damage, Wright said.

The Fire Department was able to respond and extinguished the fire within an hour. Hazmat also arrived in response to the oxygen tanks and other highly flammable equipment that were inside of the shed.

“That was our biggest concern,” Wright said. “This is a common occurrence this time of year. Anytime someone is cutting with a grinder near weeds.”

There were no evacuations made in the area and no injuries were reported.

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  • Mark June 25, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Why are people so … dumb with this crap, every year there are fires caused by stupid decisions like this one.
    Ed. ellipsis

  • delong June 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

    This folks is why Fire Restrictions exist.

  • Kev June 27, 2014 at 9:25 am

    It should. Be illegal to start fires when it is so hot and dry. Where are our elected representatives?

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