OGDEN — Firefighters responded to three separate fires Monday morning, and at least one of them is being investigated as suspicious.
A grass fire near Park and Monroe boulevards that grew between two and three acres around 5:20 a.m. is believed to be the 11th fire along the Ogden River Parkway in the past week, Deputy Ogden Fire Chief Eric Bauman said. "That leads us to believe they could all be connected, and we're looking at that."
That grass fire, though, does not appear to be related to at least one of the other two blazes crews battled Monday morning, according to Bauman. All are currently under investigation.
The first fire, at a vacant duplex at 2705 D Avenue, was called in around 1:30 a.m.
Firefighters found flames coming from the downstairs windows but were able to extinguish and contain the fire within 20 minutes, Bauman said. Seventeen firefighters responded from both the Ogden and Roy fire departments.
No one was injured in the blaze, which caused around $25,000 damage. The duplex fire is not believed to be connected to the grass fire Monday morning or the others sparked along the Ogden River since Aug. 12.
Around 3:40 a.m., crews responded to a Dumpster fire at 2358 Quincy Ave. The large dumpster was filled with construction debris that was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived, Bauman said.
The blaze was extinguished before it could spread to a neighboring structure and no injuries were sustained in the fire. The cause of the fire was unknown.
"The Dumpster fire was in close to proximity to the grass fire, so that's something that we're looking into," Bauman said."
The grass fire at Park and Monroe Boulevards was the third and largest fire that Ogden firefighters battled Monday, according to Bauman. The blaze was started on a north-facing hill near the Green Waste Facility.
"The terrain is very steep and heavily vegetated with a large fuel load," Bauman said. "Morning canyon winds were present along with extremely dry conditions."
The 16 Ogden firefighters who responded "made an aggressive attack" on the blaze and kept it from spreading to the green waste facility, though some power poles near the top of the property were damaged. This fire was also fought without harm or injury.
"This fire is adjacent to the Ogden Parkway Trail system where several other intentionally set fires have taken place in the last week," Bauman said. "This fire is suspicious in nature due to the fact that there were no external ignition sources such as lightning in the area."
A connection between Monday's grass and Dumpster fires is being investigated, in addition to the larger connection between the 11 fires started since Aug. 12.
Bauman said fire officials are asking for the public's help and are requesting that anyone with information or who sees anything suspicious in the Ogden River Parkway area call dispatch at 801-395-8221.
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