Investigators work to find cause of Evansville fire

Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 5:35 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Just before 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, a large fire was reported in Evansville. Upon arrival, firefighters found a large amount of fire in an attached garage starting to extend to nearby trees and structures. Multiple hoses were put into service to get the fire under control.

“[We] began a very aggressive initial attack pulled multiple hoses off the engine here and were able to in about 7 to 10 minutes get the fire under control and stop the spread to one of the other structures as well,” said Evansville Fire PIO Collin Baldacci.

The dispatch report stated that a downed power line started the fire. Since then, investigators have corrected the information and say the power line came down as a result of the fire.

According to the Evansville Police, one person is being questioned in relation to the incident.

“So the fire is being investigated as an arson fire now, and we have several leads that we’re working on. Both within the PD and the Natrona County Fire Investigator,” said Evansville Police Chief Mike Thompson.

A video of a firefighter holding the powerline while it sparks was posted during the incident.

“There was an instance last night where we had personnel in the area, usually those lines when they are down, if anything that gets near them that’s grounded they will arc. There are situations, which is what you saw last night, we just happened to have personnel in the area when it did arc with something that was nearby. Rocky Mountain Power was very quick to be on scene and get that line secured,” said Baldacci.

There were no injuries reported from the incident.

Fire investigators are working to determine what started the blaze.