4 people displaced after fire destroys St. George mobile home

Posted at 10:49 AM, Mar 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-11 20:09:39-04

ST. GEORGE -- Four people are displaced after a fire destroyed their mobile home Tuesday morning.

The flames broke out just after 9 a.m. near 400 East and 900 South.

Those inside were still sleeping, but by the time fire engines arrived, everyone had gotten out safely.

Police began evacuating nearby homes because of the concern that the fire would spread.

“There was flames shooting up everywhere,” said neighbor Richard Petty. “They were probably about 15-20 feet high.”

Five engines and approximately 30 firefighters responded to the blaze. The flames were out within 15 minutes.

“Upon arrival, crews did a fast attack,” said St. George Fire deputy chief Kevin Taylor. “And extinguished, blacked the fire out.”

Firefighters say the house is a total loss.

This is the second mobile home to catch fire in this complex in the last month. Taylor said there’s nothing about mobile homes that make them more susceptible to fire, but they are a little more at risk.

“They do tend to burn a little bit quicker,” Taylor said. “They’re smaller structures, so it’s easier to consume them quicker.”

The American Red Cross is providing clothing and shelter for the four people who lived in the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.