MOAB — Officials are seeking the public’s help with the investigation of the fire that destroyed 10 homes in Moab.

The blaze is fully contained and no longer poses a threat to houses, authorities say, but evacuation orders remain in effect for the area. The fire was human-caused, according to Grand County Sheriff Steve White.

Ten homes, two garages and a variety of outbuildings were destroyed in the fire, Moab Police Chief Jim Winder told the Deseret News on Wednesday after more losses had been reported.

Despite the progress dousing the flames, evacuations early Wednesday remained in place for roughly 150 people.

Rick Carrigan and his wife, Becky Carrigan, lost their home to the fire. They made it out just in time with their dog, but the flames spread so quickly they had to leave their three cats behind, Rick Carrigan said.

Within minutes of noticing the smoke, the Carrigans fled from the house as the fire started “sweeping around” and evacuations began, Rick Carrigan told the Deseret News.

“We basically got out of there with our old dog and the clothes on our backs,” he said. “It was fast.”

Though the couple has lost the house they’ve lived in for 21 years and three of their pets, Rick Carrigan says he’s grateful.

“There’s going to be the settling in, I’m sure, and the coming down off it. And there’s going to be possibly resentment that one might have to deal with, and then there’s just going to be, I guess you call it a grieving, over the loss,” he explained.

Rick Carrigan said there are a lot of memories “that went up in flames.”

“We’re still alive. And you hear this often, you know. You’ve got to live your life, that’s the most important thing. And it is so very true. You live to count your blessings, and I’m …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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