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Drone footage shows billowing black smoke from fire in St. George

Jul 28, 2023, 4:42 PM | Updated: Jul 29, 2023, 10:38 am

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Firefighters responded to a fire in St. George on Friday that prompted the evacuation of nearby businesses. Authorities were able to contain the fire, but not before urging passersby to not come by to get a look at the scene.

A fire started near Bullfrog Spas at 1333 East Red Hills Parkway in St George. The fire spread to pallets, hot tubs, and jacuzzies and damaged the pool supply building’s structure. 

 

Drone footage of the fire provided by Drew Armstrong shows firefighters fighting through billowing black smoke. 

 

St. George Fire was alerted at 1:40 p.m. and worked with agencies from Santa Clara, Ivins and Washington to contain the fire.

Both the building as well as surrounding businesses were evacuated. 

Smoke from the fire was visible from the nearby roads, as shown in the video above submitted by Rhett Taylor.

The fire was contained and authorities are investigating to find the cause of the fire.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital to receive medical treatment due to heat-related issues.

“Stay away”

In a Facebook Live, St. George Police Officer Tiffany Mitchell urged people to stay away from the fire.

“For the love of all things holy, we need you to stay away from here,” Mitchell said.

 

She noted cars had stopped on the nearby freeway, and said it was “too much” for so many people to come by to try to get a look at the fire.

“It’s very dangerous for everybody involved.”

Mitchell’s plea came less than a week after bystanders in Price, Utah delayed firefighters from responding to a house fire by blocking the road.

 

Related: Playground a loss after fire in Saratoga Springs subdivision

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Drone footage shows billowing black smoke from fire in St. George