SANTA CLARA — Santa Clara, Ivins and St. George firefighters extinguished a house fire Wednesday that caused approximately $40,000 in damage and left three people temporarily displaced.
Just before 11 a.m., Ryan Moss, 23, was just coming home to get some work supplies when he noticed a tannish smoke coming from the roof of his neighbors’ house, located at 1434 N. Santa Clara Drive in Santa Clara.
“I knocked on the door and made sure there was no one in the house,” Moss said. “At first, I was second-guessing myself and thought, ‘No, it can’t be a fire.’ But then, when I knocked on the door, I could hear the fire alarms ringing and called 911.”
Homeowners Kerry Coop and Trish Coop and their son were not home at the time.
“I was just getting home from work, actually,” Kerry Coop said. “I turned to pull up to my house and the police stopped me and asked where I lived, and I told them, ‘That house right there,’ and they said, ‘Your house is on fire.'”
“My neighbor called and said, ‘You might want to come home. There’s smoke coming out of your house,'” Trish Coop said. “It was a long 2-mile drive home. It seemed like everyone was driving so slow.”
One engine from Santa Clara, an engine from St. George, a ladder truck and ambulance from Ivins, and 18 firefighters responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, the firefighters could see white, wispy smoke coming out of the roof vents. They entered through the front door and found heavy smoke about waist-high on the main floor, Santa Clara Fire Chief Dan Nelson said. Firefighters utilized an attack line to spray the fire and used fans to evacuate the smoke.
“We were able to get the fire under control within about 10 minutes,” Nelson said. “It looks like the fire started in the area of the kitchen. The total damage is approximately $40,000.”
The fire appears to have been a kitchen fire, but the exact cause is still under investigation. The Coops will be temporarily displaced, Nelson said.
“I worry mostly that I lost my pictures saved on my computer,” Trish Coop said. “Other than that, everything is replaceable.”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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