Man sought for abandoning fire in West Haven

Thursday , June 12, 2014 - 10:03 PM

WEST HAVEN — ​Police are looking for a man they say walked away from a burning barrel Thursday evening, causing a brush fire.

Weber Fire District Marshal Brandon Thueson said the man was burning debris from a small shed that had been torn down near the intersection of 2800 S. and 2700 W. when he left the fire unattended. It wasn't clear whether the man owned the property where he was performing the burn.

The fire ignited in nearby brush on the property just before 6 p.m. when a storm front blew through the area, Thueson said. Crews from the Weber Fire District and the Roy City Fire Department quickly doused the blaze.

A home and a barn only a few yards away and could have easily caught fire if the winds blew the other way, Thueson said.

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"It really is a great concern to us when ... a fire is left unattended," Thueson said. "It's real dangerous."

He noted a warning about dry and windy conditions was released earlier Thursday.

A patch of grass about fifty feet by fifty feet was charred in addition to what remained of the dismantled shed. Thueson estimated there would be no monetary damages.

Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call Weber County dispatch at 801-629-8221.

Contact reporter Ben Lockhart at 801-625-4221 or blockhart@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Lockhart.

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