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Homes destroyed by Patch Springs Fire

DUGWAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Fears turned to reality for evacuees of the Patch Springs Fire as flames burned structures in a mobile home park near the town of Terra.
DUGWAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Fears turned to reality for evacuees of the Patch Springs Fire as flames burned structures in a mobile home park near the town of Terra.

Tooele County Emergency Manager Bucky Whitehouse said one lodge and six trailers were lost in the fire in the Willow Springs Mobile Home Park.

Mike LaFevre lived in the lodge since 2005. He said he felt empty inside when crews told him he lost his house.

"It just really hit home," he said. "I had to walk away so I wouldn't break down."

LeFevre was able to grab a few precious items and important documents before he evacuated the lodge in his trailer, but said he left behind many more valuables close to his heart like a hand painted picture of his father and his wife's wedding ring.

Whitehouse said the fire is much bigger than anticipated. It is now estimated to have burned approximately 33,000 acres. Crews have it 20% contained.

The fire has also crested the top of the Stansbury Mountains and is now burning on the east side of the ridge. Less than 10 homes are being threatened there.

Even though firefighters could not save LaFevre's home he said he was grateful for their work.

"They are brave, brave souls," he said.

Evacuations were lifted for the residents in the town of Terra at 10 p.m. on Friday.
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