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Firefighters from multiple units are attempting to extinguish a house fire in Beaver Dam this afternoon, but after more than two hours, they are no closer to entering the home to determine if anyone is still inside.
The fire, at 16488 N. Beaver Dam Road, started with an “explosion” according to a witness who had just left the homeowner minutes before. He said he returned to the house when he heard a loud noise. “I grabbed my telephone and ran back down and called 911,” he said, “but the house was completely blown apart by then.” The house was quickly engulfed in flames and is considered a total loss.
Officials aren’t releasing the name of the adult male resident, who is unaccounted for at this time, until investigators can go inside. The age of the structure, it being one of oldest homes in the tiny community, is proving to be a problem, according to Chief Deputy Kevin Potter. The wood shingles are difficult to put out so crews will now just monitor the blaze until the roof collapses, he said, then fire investigators will work to determine the cause.
“It may take several days before we have that information,” he said.
Fire units from Fielding, Plymouth, Garland, Honeyville, Tremonton and the county are all at the scene.