Fire Engulfs Shed, Vehicle; Spares House

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A fire engulfed a shed and two vehicles in a dense neighborhood in north Payson Tuesday afternoon, but was put out before spreading to the main residence, trees or neighboring homes.

At 3:53 p.m., the Payson and Diamond Star fire departments responded to a fire at 304 N. Kodz Road in Payson.

The house was fine," battalion Chief Marty deMasi said. "A shed, motorcycle, a sedan and some vegetation were all burning when we arrived."

deMasi said that although it had not reached the house, the fire had spread through a chain link fence and had reached a pile of firewood just feet from the house.

"The fire was under control in eight minutes," deMasi said.

It is not yet known what ignited the shed and vehicles.

"As far as the cause, that's still under investigation," he said. "We don't have any information on the cause yet."

According to deMasi, no individuals were injured or endangered by the fire.

Fire Marshal Jack Babb is conducting the fire investigation.

"We haven't determined the cause yet," Babb said. "But I have received some information that I did not have at the scene and will be interviewing neighbors."

The shed, which contained some mattresses, may have been where the fire started, but Babb could not confirm this.

"Until the process is completed, we can't say for sure where the fire started," Babb said.

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