Wellsville residents safely evacuated from house fire

WELLSVILLE – One Wellsville resident was transported to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation after a house went up in flames around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cache County Sheriffs Lieutenant Chad Jensen says the fire started by a gas grill at the rear of Tom Leishman’s home. Latitia, Tom’s wife, was taken to Logan Regional Hospital then transferred to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden to be treated for a minor heart attack. Tom was treated on the scene for inhaling large amounts of smoke. While the definite cause of the fire is currently unknown, Jensen said he suspects it was started either because of a bad valve on the grill or possibly the propane tank and hose. The investigation is continuing. Mendon Fire Chief Ray Olson said said five or six people were in the home at the time of the fire and were all safely evacuated by family and friends. At least 15 emergency response vehicles were at the scene, including the Wellsville, Logan City, and Mendon fire departments. Firefighters cut large ventilation holes in the roof to allow smoke to escape, Will Lusk of the Logan City Fire Department said. The structural damage, Olson said, will be very expensive and it is unknown if the home was insured. “Basically the back porch to the house is gone, and the roof is off. It may be cheaper to knock it over and start over,” Olson said.

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