Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Breaking: Fire Burning at Mouth of Ogden Canyon

Illegal fireworks? Be a good citizen and call the cops. 

Firecrackers were popping all over Ogden's East Bench late into the wee hours this morning, and the Standard is now reporting the predictable and inevitable results:
OGDEN (8:06am) -- Firefighters are working to extinguish a fast-moving fire near the mouth of Ogden Canyon.
About 40 to 50 homes on the east side of Maxfield Street and along 1300 South have been evacuated as a precaution.
No structures have been damaged, although fences at several homes were damaged by the flames.
The fire was first reported about 6:30 a.m., according to Ogden Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Schwank.
Here's this morning's full Standard-Examainer story:
If you see or hear fireworks going off anywhere east of Harrison Boulevard, or in the other areas set forth in Ogden's extended 2012 fireworks ban, folks, we suggest that you behave like  responsible citizens and immediately call the cops.

Update 7/4/12 1:00 p.m.:  The Standard carries two reports on the Ogden Canyon fire's aftermath, which include the disheartening news that Ogden Deputy Fire Chief Matt Schwenk is operating on the theory that "someone purposely set the fire":
As SE Reader Brian G also remarks in a comment beneath the second above linked SE story, "A HUGE thank you needs to go out to the fire fighting crews for their precise response that prevented this from becoming much, much worse!"


Nrthnjewl said...

I cant believe that people are ignorant no stupid enough to throw caution to the wind just to hear some cracks, pops and booms. My home is on the East bench and you better believe I will be reporting the idiots who have no regard to life and property. Maybe we should ask some of the good folks in Colorado Springs who are spending their fourth of Ju ly homeless. Come on people, show some intelligence and some pride.

Smaatguy said...

Just heard on radio it was set on purpose....sheesh

Bob Becker said...

Talked to resident a few blocks from us, east of Harrison, who was raving about local kids "setting off bottle rockets" last night.  Called the police on them.   Good for him. 

rudizink said...

 Sodden query: Is there any evidence that Mike
Caldwell's  OPD even responded to this complaint?

The evidence would probably show "they didn't."

TheLovelyJennifer said...

 I heard this morning from a friend who was Almost evacuated it was a spark from that substation up there ...

Bob Becker said...

Guy didn't say anything about cops coming or not coming. Let's not assume the police are not responding with out evidence one way or the other, and I've got none... either way. 

Smaatguy said...

Dont expect RMP to admit to anything ....

googlegirl said...

 When Fireworks Go Wrong
(If you're not going to be responsible with your fireworks this July 4th, at least make sure someone is getting it all on camera.)

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