Blaze Incinerates Home, Under Investigation


A first alarm fire that destroyed an unoccupied, two-bedroom home in southeast Payson Friday is under investigation by the Payson police and fire departments.

Fire chief, Marty deMasi said firefighters were dispatched to 606 S. Joy Drive, owned by Brandon McKee, at 7:51 p.m. after a neighbor reported the blaze.

"It was a total loss," deMasi said. "Any time you have a fire in a structure where nobody's home, you have to check it out."

DeMasi said the initial unit on the first-alarm call -- three engines and a ladder -- arrived at the scene by 7:55 p.m. and had the blaze under control at 8:09 p.m.

"A first alarm is basically everything we've got," deMasi said. "We had an outstanding response from firefighters. There were 27 on the scene."

Detective Steve Johnson of the Payson Police Department declined to comment about the details of the fire.

"I'm not even saying it's suspicious," Johnson said.

Neither deMasi nor Johnson would discuss the cause of the fire, but both said the investigation would continue.

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