The rescue of an unconscious woman in a smoke-filled mobile home was among several dramas in four separate fires Wednesday that kept firefighters busy through Thursday morning.
Two separate fires destroyed barns, one filled with pioneer-era antiques, and a third fire destroyed $200,000 to $250,000 worth of large truck tires at the Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. recapping plant at 5099 S. Main.The series of fires began at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when Murray firefighters responded to a mobile home fire and found Carol Deshler, 6477 S. 1140 West, lying face down on the floor of her smoke-filled living room.
Deshler later told firefighters she was awakened by the smoke alarm but was unable to get out of the house before being overcome by the smoke.
"We rescued (eshler) from the home, administered (xygen), and she is now in Cottonwood Hospital in stable condition," Larsen said. Mobile home fires burn so hot and fast that the rescue and reasonably minimal damage to the mobile home, about $5,000, was very unusual, he said. "This one was unbelievable."
The fire was caused by an electric blanket, Larsen said.
The 11:04 p.m. fire at Purcell's tire recapping plant started in a storage shed and spread to the east side of the building while firefighters struggled with two separate non-functioning fire hydrants, both privately owned, before a hydrant several hundred yards away was tied to pump trucks and the building's sprinkler system, Lt. Dale Davies said.
A stack of large truck tires burned out of control until a backhoe was summoned to drag the burning tires from the pile so they could be extinguished individually.
The fire burned for several hours, but the building's concrete frame kept the blaze from being much worse, Davies said. One firefighter suffered a slight eye injury while battling the fire. He was treated in Cottonwood Hospital and released, Davies said.
One of the two barns destroyed Wednesday evening was located near the 49th Street Galleria in Murray. The other, in Millcreek Canyon, was a pioneer-era barn filled with antiques. It did more than burn down, it took three generations of memories with it, family members said.
The barn, at 3566 Millcreek Road near the mouth of the canyon, was reported on fire about 8:12 p.m. Flames had engulfed the building when Salt Lake County firefighters arrived. Damage was estimated at $15,000, Mike Hall, a Battalion Chief's aide, said.
While firefighters were mopping up the blaze, blowing embers started a nearby granary on fire. Damage to that building was estimated at $200, Hall said.
James Russell said the buildings have been part of the life in the canyon orchard for more than a century. The buildings, erected in the 1850s, were among the last reminders of pioneer rural life in the area. Other buildings have been torn down for building freeways and subdivisions, he said.
"There are a lot of memories," Russell said.
Antiques stored in the barn included an old corn grinder Russell's father used to shell corn in Mill Creek, family members said.
Hall said the cause of the fire is being investigated, although witnesses had said they saw children fleeing from the area at the time of the fire. Three engines and 14 firefighters responded to the scene.
Murray firefighters responded to a fire that gutted another old barn at 4925 Murray Blvd. at 8:35 p.m. Davies said that fire caused about $2,000 damage. It also is being investigated.