Cause of Mendon mansion fire unknown

MENDON – The cause of the fire that left a newly-built home in Mendon in ashes Sunday night in unknown at this point after the Utah State Fire Marshall’s investigation. “The investigators can tell where the fire started, which was in the back of the home on the ground, but they don’t know why,” said Tom Pitcher, the general contractor working on the home. “This is probably as good as it is going to get for a known reason.” A Cache County Sherriff’s Office representative said the investigation of the cause will continue and that nothing, including foul play, is being ruled out at this time. The home, which is estimated to be a $475,000 loss, started on fire around 9 p.m. The home was just weeks away from being completed, Pitcher said. “I was going to finish the siding today,” Pitcher said, “and all the carpets and tile was in. The basement was ready to sheetrocked if they [the buyers] had the money to do it. I was going to start the cement for the driveway tomorrow.” The sale of the home was not complete, Pitcher said, since the loan was not closed. The home has been under construction since November and the only thing that may possibly be salvageable, he said, is the foundation. Pitcher said the buyers did not want their name to be printed. The home was located near 2055 South 5900 West, and was vacant since it was not yet complete at the time of the fire. Pitcher said it is unknown if he will be liable for the home, but he is covered if the insurance company determines the liability to be his. “The best thing I’d say is to not even report anything right now because it is still up in the air until the insurance company decides,” Pitcher said. “I have no idea if it is foul play. I’ve been a contractor for 28 years, and I’ve never had anything like this happen.” The insurance company, which is unknown, sent a fire investigator to the scene today around 2:45 p.m. The inspector, Dennis Jones, questioned Pitcher, including if anyone was at the home yesterday. Pitcher said the buyer was working there the day of the fire.

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