OGDEN -- A shed burned to the ground after a man was burning weeds behind an apartment building Thursday afternoon.
Cruz Hernandez, who lives across the street from the 2629 Madison Ave. building, saw an older man burning weeds in the back lot. Hernandez also saw the man carrying a hose around, and about 10 minutes later, he saw black smoke billowing from the lot.
Around 4 p.m., 20 firefighters and medical personnel from the Ogden, South Ogden and Roy fire departments rushed onto the scene and found a detached shed fully engulfed in flames behind the apartment building.
The firefighters aggressively suppressed the fire and quickly had it out, but all that was left of the shed were smoldering black remains and a few standing charred beams.
Ogden Deputy Fire Chief Eric Bauman estimates the loss at $7,000.
The fire also slightly damaged a nearby shed and a power line, which was arcing after it came down.
One person did suffer injuries related to the fire and was taken to a local hospital, but Bauman could not release any details.
The Ogden Fire Department confirmed in a news release that the fire was the result of someone burning weeds behind the apartment building. Witnesses told investigators the fire in the back grew rapidly and engulfed the shed because of the extremely dry conditions.
Bauman stressed how quickly a fire can spread and get out of control.
The shed fire came the day after Ogden city implemented new fire restrictions in light of how hot and dry conditions are. The city extended its usual ban on open flames and fireworks east of Harrison Boulevard to include the river corridors, Fort Buenaventura and any vacant lots, open fields and wooded areas.
The man's weed burning was in a vacant lot, which would fall under those restrictions.
The expanded ban is in effect from July 1 through July 7.