News short: Crayon blaze causes home evacuation

Fire crews respond to a home in Santa Clara, Utah, Dec. 13, 2014 | Photo by Brett Brostrom, St. George News

SANTA CLARA – Crayons stuck in a wood-burning stove led to a family being evacuated from their Santa Clara home Saturday evening.

The St. George Communications Center received a fire call at approximately 6:20 p.m., and emergency responders were dispatched to the area of Ridgeview Drive and Hilltop Drive in Santa Clara.

Firefighters were called in to check for any damage and to ventilate the home, which had abruptly filled with smoke when the family decided to light their wood-burning stove, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Officer Chad Holt said. The cause of the smoke was ultimately found to be crayons that had been put in the stove by young children in the home.

No injuries were reported, though neighbors were concerned about the smoke possibly affecting the health of the family’s newborn baby, which was recently born prematurely.

The homeowner said the stove was recently inspected for safety. Tonight was the first time it had been lit this year.

The Santa Clara Fire Department and Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department responded to the incident.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. note: CORRECTIONS: Santa Clara Fire Department, name corrected; Gold Cross Ambulance was not at this incident.

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  • Toe Jam December 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I want those children arrested for conspiracy to commit arson and endangering the lives of 2 stupid adults that lit a wood burning stove for the first time this and were too stupid to inspect it first

    • KOOLAID December 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

      What are you talking about? You should be suggesting *Fundraisers* !!!

  • Darren December 14, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Glad everyone is safe and sound. Enjoy your Christmas.

  • TV December 14, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Correction for those departments listed. Santa Clara and Ivins police are a combined department. But, the fire departments are two different ones.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic December 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

      You are right, TV. Thank you, and correction made.
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • Let's try again December 14, 2014 at 11:01 am

        Gold Cross was not there unless they were out of their area. Ivins ambulance covers Santa Clara.

        • Joyce Kuzmanic December 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

          Right again. Correction made.

  • Sherry M. December 14, 2014 at 10:30 am

    toe jam, get a life. why are you so miserable.

    • Herd December 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Maybe it was a conspiracy to get a fundraiser to raise $20,000, enough for a brand new RZR.

  • ladybugavenger December 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Oh snap!!! Crayons. The kids were just trying to help. I bet it was a white crayon. White crayons are useless…

    • Mean Momma December 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Not if you have colored paper!

      • ladybugavenger December 15, 2014 at 12:31 am

        Colored paper? My parents never gave me colored paper….these kids probably need a #fundraiserforcoloredpaper

        • sagemoon December 15, 2014 at 9:55 am


        • Koolaid December 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

          Careful you don’t offend anyone with your colored remarks

          • ladybugavenger December 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm


  • asianspa December 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

    The kids were probably traumatized by all this , I think their close friends should get a fundraiser going. This has to generate atleast 3k in donations!

  • Bender December 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Al Sharpton blames the fire on flesh colored crayons.

  • Joe Smith December 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I’m just glad someone didn’t have a temporary lapse in judgement and throw a baby or small child into the wood stove. Then we’d really need a fundraiser…

  • sagemoon December 15, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Ha, ha, these comments are hilarious. Thanks for the Monday morning laugh. Dang kids.

  • ladybugavenger December 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    sponsored by Al Sharpton

  • KOOLAID December 16, 2014 at 9:04 am

    My heart goes out for those crayons.

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