Firefighter assaulted after responding to Cedar Fort house fire, officials say

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CEDAR FORT, Utah – A firefighter was assaulted after responding to the scene of a house fire in Utah County early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight when fire crews were dispatched to a structure fire in Cedar Fort, a town 10 miles west of Eagle Mountain. Unified Fire Authority and Eagle Mountain responded to assist Cedar Fort fire.

When crews arrived, a man on scene pushed the Cedar Fort fire chief to the ground, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. He didn’t sustain any injuries.

At that point, fire crews called for the sheriff’s office for assistance. A responding deputy found two men on scene who were drunk, according to the release.

The owner and landlord of the home that burned was identified as the individual who assaulted the fire chief. The second man was identified as the tenant who lived in the destroyed home.

Both men were detained temporarily while firefighters got the blaze under control.

The house was deemed a total loss.

Charges are likely to be filed once the fire investigation is complete, the release states.