It would be difficult to find a Bible dictionary or encyclopedia that did not mention the symbol of fire or burnings as being representative of God's presence (see for instance, Luke 24:13-32 concerning hearts burning). Peloubet's Bible Dictionary has this to say concerning fire:
Fire is represented as the symbol of Jehovah's presence and the instrument of his power, in the way either of approval or destruction Ex. 3:2, 14. There could not be a better symbol for Jehovah than this of fire.The Bible is replete with examples of this symbol. In Deuteronomy 4:24, God is described as a "consuming fire." Jesus will appear in the midst "of flaming fire" at his Second Coming (2 Thes. 1:8). The Holy Ghost is likewise compared to fire (Matt. 3:11), and even the angels as ministers of God are compared to a burning fire (Ps. 104:4).
Is it any wonder, then, that the prophet Joseph Smith, while speaking
of those who will dwell with God, used such an apt scriptural symbol? Those
who are critical of Joseph Smith's heavenly description must choose to
ignore Biblical scriptures that use the same imagery.