LOCAL NEWS

Firefighters: Million Dollar House Fire In Pleasant Grove Sparked By Gas Meter Rupture

Jul 17, 2019, 9:48 PM | Updated: 10:28 pm

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — Firefighters said a home was a total loss with damage approaching a million dollars, following a fire Wednesday afternoon that quickly ignited with a gas meter rupture.

 Crews arrived at the house near Millcreek Circle to find flames shooting from the roof.

“We haven’t quite determined what caused the spark to ignite the gas, but once it reached its ignitable mixture of gas and air, it just went off and burned very rapidly,” said Pleasant Grove City Fire Department Capt. Chase Gustman.

Gustman said a family member at the home had been backing out a trailer and ripped the gas meter off the side of the house.

“The gas began free-flowing at that point at a pretty high pressure because it was before the regulator,” Gustman explained. “It ignited, started the gas on fire outside of the home right underneath the eaves of the home itself, and then from there it just got right into the eaves and ran the attic structure of the home on the second floor.”

Homeowner Spencer Prows said he rushed home from work when he received word about the fire.

It didn’t take long before the roof collapsed.

“It’s crazy!” Prows said.

Prows said the family had moved in just two days earlier.

“Obviously losing a house and losing a house two days after signing on it is very difficult—I’m just grateful that nobody was hurt,” Prows said. “The only things that matter to me were not inside the house when it burned down.”

The homeowner said he was also thankful for the support of his coworkers, several of whom came over to the neighborhood to lend a hand.

Firefighters said as they were actively working to suppress the flames, they had to crawl over to shut off the gas.

A work crew later dug into the driveway to cap the gas line.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

A photo of a tree blown over in a park in a Nephi from high winds on March 2, 2024, (Craig Oswald)...

Brianna Chavez

Strong winds leave behind damage across Utah

From uprooted trees to flying trampolines, most of the state experienced strong wind gusts that left behind damage for many.

4 hours ago

yellow tape crossing blue and red lights...

Mark Jones

18-year-old arrested for alleged involvement in a shooting death of another person

A 18-year-old man has been taken into custody by police in connection to a shooting late Friday night in South Salt Lake that left one person dead.

7 hours ago

Some residents in Salt Lake County woke up   and in one case, a vehicle.(Mark Less, KSL TV)...

Alex Cabrero

South Jordan residents react to waking up and seeing thousands of tumbleweeds in front of their homes

Homeowners in Daybreak react to waking up Saturday morning and seeing tumbleweeds surrounding their homes.

9 hours ago

Salt Lake City International Airport is also being impacted by the winterstorm moving through Utah....

Mark Jones

Delays, cancelations reported at Salt Lake City International Airport

Salt Lake City International Airport is also being impacted by the winterstorm moving through Utah.

10 hours ago

power outage map...

Cary Schwanitz

Rocky Mountain Power scrambles to repair outages affecting thousands

Rocky Mountain Power crews planned to work around the clock this weekend repairing power lines as winds up to 65 mph pummeled Utah.

10 hours ago

Several people in Salt Lake County woke up to tumbleweeds outside their homes, and not just a dozen...

Alex Cabrero

Tumbleweeds pile up in front of homes in Daybreak

Many people in Salt Lake County woke up to tumbleweeds outside their homes, and not just a dozen or so.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Firefighters: Million Dollar House Fire In Pleasant Grove Sparked By Gas Meter Rupture