ST. GEORGE — Residents were awakened to smoke and flames when a structure fire at a residence on Bloomington Drive tore through the entire home and sent a plume of thick black smoke billowing across the sky on a frigid Sunday morning.
Shortly after 7 a.m., firefighters and emergency personnel were dispatched to a single-story home on the 1200 block of North Bloomington Drive where flames were reportedly seen coming from the garage area. When crews arrived, they found the home fully involved in fire and flames shooting out of the front of the residence.
St. George Fire Battalion Chief Robert Hooper said the occupants had evacuated the residence prior to St. George Fire Department's arrival.
As firefighters battled the blaze that was spreading quickly fed by an abundance of fuels, a neighbor started banging on the doors and windows of the home directly to the east of the burning structure to alert the homeowners that a fire was burning less than 20 feet away, according to a witness at the scene.
Fire crews continued to extinguish the blaze, but suppression efforts were hindered by materials inside of the home that caused the fire to spread quickly. The St. George Fire Department's Ladder 21 was deployed as crews extended its 100-foot ladder to tackle the flames from above the roof area, part of which had completely collapsed.