Vernal Camper Fire Spreads to Home/Surrounding Property
By Kristin Forbis, Jun 11, 2021
Thursday was a devastating day for a Vernal family who lost their home and additional property to a fire. According to Uintah County Fire Marshal Jeremy Raymond, a structure fire located at 500 West 1410 North in Vernal was called in at 4:41pm. Vernal Fire responded as well as crews from State and Federal wildland units. “It started out as a camper fire [on the] inside then spread to the house and brush,” explained Raymond. “Numerous other outbuildings and vehicles also caught fire.” Witness accounts shared that there was additional concern due to explosions in the outbuildings which Raymond confirmed had occurred due to ammunition and black powder storage. Thankfully no injuries were reported and the fire was considered contained around 7pm. Crews stayed past dark to put out hotspots. Uintah County Fire extended thanks to the neighbors, family, and friends that helped the firefighters with water and Little Caesars Pizza for donating food. The total damage to the home and contents is estimated to be around $600,000 dollars. The cause remains under investigation.