A house in Castle Valley and another on Mountain View Drive in Moab were lost to separate fires last week. Nobody was physically injured; a pet dog died in one of the fires. The cause of each fire is under investigation.
On Friday, July 17, the first fire claimed the home of local family Warren Stewart, Tracey Lemon and their children. The Moab Valley Fire Department responded to the blaze just after 11 a.m., at which point the house had already been largely engulfed in flames. The first person on the scene, David Nissen, lives in the house next door and was coming home midday for lunch.
Nissen said that he saw smoke billowing from the garage and heard people inside, so he kicked in the front and back doors, unable to find them. Nissen said he stepped back from the house to see Lemon and her son Dash on the roof of the one-story part of the house.
Nissen stood on a chaise outdoor lounge to reach the two to help them down, and the fire department arrived soon after and began putting down the fire, which destroyed much of the house. Fire Chief TJ Brewer said later that firefighters found the family dog deceased inside the house.
A family friend set up a GoFundMe for Stewart and Lemon at www.gofundme.com/f/ke9jq-house-fire. The friend said the family had insurance on the house but would “be displaced for quite some time.”
Separately, a Castle Valley fire was reported late Saturday evening, July 18 fully destroyed a home and vehicle on Creekside Lane. See Castle Valley Comments on page A7 for details. A donation page for the woman who had been renting the house has been created at www.gofundme.com/f/renee-needs-a-home.