Brigham City Fire Department Photo
September 10, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
An unattended stove burner has been pinpointed as the cause of a fire that took the lives of three dogs at a Brigham City mobile home park on Sunday.
According to Brigham City officials, the fire was reported Sunday afternoon shortly before 4 p.m. at 1060 South Main in unit number 2. Units from Brigham City Fire, as well as Willard and Corinne arrived on scene by 4:04, and had the fire extinguished by 4:32 p.m.
None of the three human residents were home, however, three dogs that were inside the home at the time of the fire were killed.
"Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental, and caused by an unattended stove-top which had been left in the on position," said Brigham City Fire Marshal Michael Young.
Young also reported there were no working smoke detectors found in the mobile home.
Damages to the home are estimated to be in the $15,000 range. The three residents displaced by the fire have reportedly found shelter with friends and neighbors.
In a statement, the Brigham City Fire Department urged homeowners and renters to never leave a stove-top unattended "for any length of time," and to exercise caution while cooking. The statement also urged homeowners to have a fire extinguisher nearby, and to ensure that working smoke detectors are present on every level of a home.
The driver of this 2000 F-150 suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle that ran a stop sign on SR-30 in Cache County early Sunday morning. (Utah Highway Patrol photo)
September 3, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
One man has died and two more were sent to the hospital after an accident early Sunday morning at the intersection of SR-30 and SR-23 in Cache County.
According to Lieutenant Lee Perry of the Utah Highway Patrol. Brigham City resident Chad F. Scoffield, 53, was driving a black 2000 Chevrolet Blazer southbound on SR-23 at approximately 12:49 a.m. on Sunday when he ran the stop sign at SR-30, striking a westbound Ford F-150 pickup truck squarely on the passenger side.
Scoffield was not wearing a seat belt, and was ejected through the driver's side door due to the force of the impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency responders arrived. A passenger riding with Scoffield, 51-year-old Shawn C. Burgess of Tremonton, was also not wearing a seat belt, and suffered broken bones and cuts in the accident, though his injuries were described as non-life-threatening. Burgess was taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital.
The driver of the pickup, identified as 59-year-old Aaron Hathaway of Petersboro, was wearing a seat belt, and also suffered broken bones and cuts in the accident. He also was transported to Logan Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators believe that alcohol may have played a role in the accident, and are awaiting blood test results from the medical examiner's office.
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