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A car crash on Paradise Valley threatened structures nearby

Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 11:43 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Properties were threatened from a fire yesterday afternoon involving a vehicle and about two acres of grass and brush.

Division Chief of the Fremont County Fire Protection District, Ron Wempen said: “It actually did threaten a couple commercial properties there. One of them belongs to one of the local propane and fuel distribution companies in the area. But our guys, because of the quick response yesterday afternoon, were capable to suppress the fire before it damaged or further threatened any of those facilities.”

Around 4 yesterday afternoon, the Fremont County Fire District was dispatched to a grass fire, and while units were in route to the location, they were informed that it was a vehicle that started the fire.

The fire was located in the Paradise Valley and Sniper Lane area. Paradise Valley resident Tim Schmelzle said: “All hats off to the fire department, they’re short-handed this year, yet they were there in record time.” He was also nearby and did what he could with the equipment he had to help the fire department. Schmelzlee also said due to the department’s quick response about three weeks ago to a fire nearby, they saved his home and he is very appreciative.

Wempen said the fire was easily suppressed with aid from firefighters from Missouri Valley, Midvale, and Riverton Batallion 1 responding.

Fremont County Undersheriff Mike Hutchison stated: “After investigation, we found that the car had crashed and rolled multiple times and that there was 1 female driver.” He said the reason for the crash is unknown. He also informed us that “the driver left the roadway on the right-hand side. It would appear possibly over-corrected, crossed back over through the oncoming lane and left the roadway on the left side before striking the fence and rolling several times.”

The driver of the vehicle was transported to Sagewest for further medical assistance.

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