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Fire, explosions destroy St. George business

By KSL.com | Posted - Feb. 25, 2011 at 10:59 p.m.



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ST. GEORGE -- A spectacular garage fire lit up the sky in St. George Friday night.

The fire started in the garage of a house in the area of 2400 East and 750 North -- that's where the family kept the supplies for their hot air balloon business.

There were several propane tanks in the garage, which caused several explosions. Only one person was in the house at the time but was able to get out safely.

Five houses near the fire had to be evacuated for safety reasons.

Fire crews say the garage is a total loss and a wall between the garage and house was damaged. The house, however, was unharmed.

Firefighters estimate the cost of the damage anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000. They plan to begin an investigation into the cause Saturday morning.

Video of the fire was taken by Washington City firefighter Tyler Ames, who was off duty at the time.

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Story written with contributions from Paul Nelson and the ksl.com news team.

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