Suspicious fire destroys garage and damages home

A two alarm fire Tuesday night is being investigated after it destroyed a garage and caused damage to a home. The blaze was reported around 6:30 p.m. near 311 N. State St. in Richmond.

Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck said passerby’s originally saw the fire and called 911. Fire fighters and deputies arrived on the scene and found a garage fully engulfed in flames.

“In the meantime,” explained Peck. “Neighbors also responded to the home and were able to get the elderly female, who lives there, out of the home, as well as a male individual, who lives there with her.”

The man and woman were both evacuated safely without injury.

Fire fighters were able to keep flames contained to the garage, which was a total loss. The home also sustained significant smoke damage.

The fire was extinguished within 45 minutes of crews arriving on the scene.

Neighbors report a similar explosion occurred at the same residence several years ago. In 2017, a man living at the home, Derek Parkinson, was injured while making fireworks using black powder.

Peck said detectives are not able to say what caused the fire Tuesday night. They are investigating and treating the incident as suspicious.

“The male is currently being detained. We are looking at him for reckless endangerment and then depending on the results of the investigation, there may or may not be further charges forth coming. It just all depends upon that investigation.”

Peck would not identify the suspect’s name, pending the completion of the investigation. Damage estimates are still being determined.

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