Fire Claims Home, Firefighter Injured

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A Chaparral Pines home in the 2700 block of East Morning Glory Circle was lost to a fire Tuesday afternoon.

When fire personnel from both the Payson and Hells Gate departments arrived at the scene the multi-story log framed home was fully engulfed in fire.

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Firefighters attempt to control this house fire in Chaparral Pines Tuesday afternoon. Payson fire officials said the house was destroyed and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

There were initial reports from bystanders that a child was missing and could possibly be in the home. Shortly after the initial report, the child was located, unharmed, at another location.

One Payson firefighter was injured during the fire. The fire department has not released his name at this time. The injury was to his shoulder due to pulling hose, said Captain Jim Rasmussen, who provided the information on the fire for the Payson Fire Department. His injuries are still being evaluated, but are not life-threatening.

Additional fire department units were requested from Houston Mesa, Whispering Pines and Pine/Strawberry. This request was made for additional manpower due to the large size of the home, the surrounding extreme fire conditions of the landscape, the high ambient temperatures, and proximity of other homes and structures.

Life Star ambulance also had a medical unit standing by.

The homes and landscape surrounding the fire structure were immediate priorities for the on-scene fire crews. Several brush fires were quickly controlled and then attention was focused on the original structure fire.

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The U.S. Forest Service responded with wildland-trained firefighters, helicopter air surveillance and support.

During the course of the fire, small brush fires were found as far as about one-half mile away from the original fire. Forest Service personnel suppressed these. The local fire department personnel concentrated on the structure fire.

The original structure and contents are a total loss. Payson Fire Department units remained on the scene all night to watch for and extinguish any fire that began to flare back up.

Wednesday morning the on-scene crews had to put out several small brush fires nearby that restarted after the sun came up.

The fire is under investigation. Fire crews are still on scene because of the unsafe structural stability of the home.

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