Investigators Believe Fireworks Started Saratoga Springs Fire

Investigators Believe Fireworks Started Saratoga Springs Fire

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) -- Investigators believe fireworks sparked a wildfire that burned 60 acres along the edge of Utah Lake.

No homes were burned when the tall, dry reeds went up in flames Saturday afternoon, but it was very close. One resident's satellite dish melted in the heat.

"The flames came right up to the houses," said Saratoga Springs Fire Chief Dave Vickers. "This is a lakeshore fire, and some of the homes have vegetation that goes right up to the homes."

Firefighters from Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain, Lehi, Utah County, Pleasant Grove and the Bureau of Land Management stopped the fire. Vickers said that at the last moment, firefighters pushed the flames back just enough to save the homes.

"We have several reports that juveniles started the fire with firecrackers, and that is under investigation," Vickers said.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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