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Posted by: Dennis Hinkamp on Jan 9, 2014

USU Extension Washington County Office Fire

Writer: Julene Reese, 435-797-0810,

Contact: Brian Higginbotham, 435-797-7276,


USU Extension Officials Saddened by Washington County Extension Office Fire

            A fire that broke out the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 8, destroyed the Utah State University Extension Washington County Office in St. George, and Extension officials say they will no longer be able to use the building. 

            “We are truly saddened by the fire and are grateful no one was injured,” said Brian Higginbotham, associate vice president for USU Extension. “Insurance personnel are currently assessing the site and Washington County officials are looking for both long-term and short-term solutions.”

            According to Rick Heflebower, USU Extension Washington County director, there are several options available for office space, and a decision on relocating the office should be determined by sometime next week.

            “We are still operating, but on reduced level,” he said. “Our phone lines have been routed to a cell phone, so we are still able to answer phone calls. Starting Monday, our receptionist will be temporarily relocated just south of our former building at the Habitat Conservation Plan office. We will have a sign at our old building location to direct visitors there. There will be changes to our class schedules and locations, and we will get updated information out to those signed up as soon as we can.”

            The Washington County Extension office can be reached at 435-634-5706. Updates on programs and events can be found on Facebook and the website at as they become available.

            Individuals and organizations interested in making a charitable donation to Washington County Extension may do so at Select “Other” and specify “Washington County Extension.” Checks can also be sent to the USU Development Office at 4800 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322.

            The mission of USU Extension is to extend the university through research based, non-credit education programs to help Utahns enhance the quality of life in their homes and communities. With offices that serve every county in the state, Extension programs include 4-H and youth, home and family, finance and consumer life, business and economics, agriculture and natural resources, gardening and food, nutrition and health.




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