A dozen homes damaged by Rockport 5 Fire

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Fast moving flames from the Rockport 5 fire are responsible for burning a dozen homes and displacing several families in Summit County.
SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Fast moving flames from the Rockport 5 fire are responsible for burning a dozen homes and displacing several families in Summit County.

The fire lit up the side of the Ridge Hollow canyon and sent large plumes of smoke into the air.

Crissy Rasmussen sought comfort in friends after she learned her home in the Rock port Ranches subdivision was likely destroyed.

Governor Gary Herbert said 12 homes were destroyed by the flames in the Rockport Estates subdivision. Evacuations remained in place Wednesday for residents in the Promontory subdivision.

"There's just so many homes that are destroyed up there right now and there are so many families without a house," Rasmussen said. "It's not just me."

Evacuee Andy Ginn lives on Aspen Drive and said the images of the fire are burned in his memory.

"The whole north side of the mountain is burned and the wind kept changing," Ginn said. "I saw an older home that was burned to the ground and I saw another newer one that was burned to the ground and it had a propane tank that was shooting up about 30 feet."

Ginn said he watched flames inch their way to the back door of his neighbor's home.

"I didn't realize [the fire] had burned so much," he said. "It's just affected our side of the mountain and the other side of the mountain is really untouched."

The folks who call the area near the Rockport Fire home are tearfully optimistic and said they will come out stronger when the smoke clears.

"We're going to pull together as a community and try to help our neighbors," Rasmussen added. "We have to get ourselves back in line and be thankful we have our families out safe because that's what matters."

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