Investigators seek public's help in determining origin of fire that damaged 5 homes in St. George

Thick black smoke can be seen billowing above Diagonal Street fire burning on North 300 West and Diagonal Street in St. George, Utah, May 21, 2021

(Courtesy of Dylan Westover, St. George News)



ST. GEORGE — Fire officials are asking for the public's help to determine where the origins of the recent blaze that burned five residential structures on Diagonal Street.

St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker told St. George News on Wednesday the cause of the fire that started shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday is still undetermined, as investigators continue sifting through statements, photos and footage obtained shortly after the blaze.

He also said they are working on calculating the losses associated with the incident, a process that has been further complicated by the sheer size and scope of the fire.

"This was a big fire," Stoker said, adding that an investigator with the Utah State Fire Marshal's Office is assisting in the investigation.

Stoker confirmed that three of the structures were damaged to the point they have been deemed uninhabitable – two on North 300 West and the third on Diagonal Street – while a fourth structure, a multifamily building, sustained extensive damage to at least two of the units. The fifth structure was extensively damaged but can likely be repaired.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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