KEARNS, Utah (News4Utah) — A woman nearly saw her house go up in flames while putting care packages together for those affected by the Dollar Ridge Fire.
Gina Person says her shed burned down after nearby power lines caught fire.
Unified Fire Chief Lee Ascarte says several crews came to the rescue.
“We had multiple outbuildings and multiple homes that were totally destroyed,” said Ascarte. “We did have some auto exposure, fire that radiated outside of multiple structures.”
Fortunately, Person’s home, which she is renting, had no damage.
No one was injured and her pet was able to make it out alive.
She lost several thousands of dollars worth of lawn care tools and Christmas decorations.
After watching the fires spread in Duchesne and Fruitland, Person says she can’t complain.
“I’m very grateful that it didn’t take everything — a shed and a lawn mower and stuff, that’s replaceable,” said Person. “I’m very grateful that we still have a home to sleep in.”
When Person heard a fire had sparked within feet of her home, she was terrified her home might burn down, too.
She says she is focusing on what she has and not on what she’s lost.
At the time of the fire, Person was putting together care packages for the animals of the families affected by the fire.
“I’m trying to get donations for cat food and dog food, because the fairgrounds are housing all of those animals and they need food for the pets,” said Person.
She says the next batch of care packages will mean even more; Person now has empathy for those who are fearful of losing it all.
“I’m always willing to help people in need,” said Person. “I always have. I just have a big heart I guess. We need more people like that. It’s hard to find that nowadays.”
Person says her goal is to bring hope to the hopeless, and give all she can to help those in need.