SALT LAKE CITY — A fast moving fire fueled by high winds caused only minor damage to two homes in Salt Lake City's Avenues neighborhood on Tuesday.
But officials say the destruction could have been much worse if not for the quick work of firefighters.
"There are a lot of trees and bushes in the area and the wind was blowing very hard, so the potential for the fire to get big was there," said Salt Lake fire spokesman Jasen Asay.
A small fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. near 700 North and I Street.
"By the time our crews got there, the winds had caused a small fire to turn into a large fire that was threatening several homes," Asay said.
Firefighters quickly called for a second and third alarm to get more resources to attack the fire. Despite wind speeds of more than 20 mph at the time, the blaze was brought under control within 20 minutes, Asay said.
Still, the fire got close enough to residences that the awning on the patio of one home suffered heat damage and a second home was downwind from the smoke and suffered smoke damage.
The fire burned about 100 acres, he said. Ten homes were evacuated. In addition to the two homes that suffered minor damage, two others were directly threatened, Asay said.The cause of the fire was believed to be nearby power lines affected by the wind, he said.
— Pat Reavy