Fire damages apartment at Boulders in Provo

PROVO -- Renters in apartment No. 53 at The Boulders Complex, 650 W. 750 South in Provo, heard crackling in the back bedroom of their apartment Sunday afternoon. When they went to investigate they found the bedroom entirely engulfed in flames, according to Gary Jolley, deputy fire chief.

"The bedroom was completely engulfed and had burned out the west window," Jolley said. "There was extensive interior and exterior damage to the siding and soffit of that unit."

No one was hurt in the fire. Two tenants and the tenants from the apartments on either side were safely evacuated, but the heat and smoke damage is extensive, Jolley said.

There was no early indication how the fire started, and fire investigators say it could be Monday or Tuesday before they will know because of the extreme heat damage. Jolley said there could be as much as $100,000 in damage to the building and personal loss.

"It took about 10 minutes to knock the fire down and contained it to just that room," Jolly said. The apartment is a single level four-plex unit in the older part of The Boulders.

According to Jolley, Boulders management is finding a new apartment in the complex for the displaced renters while the investigation continues.

"Their renters say they have no idea what would have caused it," Jolley said. "There were no matches or candles in use."

Jolley also said there was no connection between this and other fires that have occurred at The Boulders. There was a fatal fire at the complex last year that killed two tenants. Police say another tenant started that fire in a suicide attempt.

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