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Tiki torch blamed for fire in La Verkin


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LA VERKIN -- A tiki torch is being blamed for starting a field fire in La Verkin.

A homeowner tells KSL that the fire started just before 10 Thursday night when a torch set up in their yard tipped over.

The La Verkin Fire Department said the fire burned 1.5 acres in a canyon area on State Road 17 on the north side of the city.

Several homes were evacuated.

Hand crews were called and it took about two hours to get it under control.

Crews stayed on scene overnight to safeguard against flare ups.

No homes were damaged, but one evacuated homeowner said the fire came within 100 yards of her house.

Liz Wilson said they weren't allowed back inside until 3:00 Friday morning.

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