July 31, 2008

Shed Fire Spreads to Truck, Fourplex: Cause Unknown in Blaze That Led to Smoke, Water Damage to Apartments

By Mark Havnes, The Salt Lake Tribune

Jul. 31--CEDAR CITY -- A fire that apparently began in a storage shed spread to an adjacent Cedar City fourplex Wednesday, forcing residents to flee and causing heavy smoke and water damage.

Cedar City-Iron County Fire Chief Paul Irons said that when firefighters arrived the shed and a nearby pickup were engulfed in flames.

He said the cause of the fire, which started shortly after 1 p.m. at 452 E. 1935 North, still is under investigation. No one was injured.

Three fire engines and 18 firefighters responded to the fire that was punctuated by popping noises as tires on the truck and other tires in the truck's bed exploded.

Cedar City resident Eric Pikyavit, who lives next door to the fourplex, said a relative heard an explosion and called 911 just before the woman saw flames.

Pikyavit said he attached a neighbor's garden hose to his to douse the fire until firefighters arrived.

He said flames leapt 20 feet into the roof of the two-story fourplex.

Vincent Shikle, a visitor at one of the apartments, said residents fled after a neighbor warned them about the fire.

He and some others were able to save an all-terrain vehicle from the back of the truck before it caught fire, Shikle said.

Irons said the cost of the damage is unknown.

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