Mom, 3 kids rescued from S.L. blaze
An off-duty detective rescued a mother and her three children from a burning duplex Saturday afternoon.
The detective was sitting on her front porch Saturday about 3 p.m. when she noticed a house just down the street was on fire, Salt Lake fire officials said.
The detective rushed to the duplex, near 900 South and 240 East, and found the mother and her three children trapped on a second floor deck, according to a news release from fire officials. The detective ran back to her house, grabbed a ladder and climbed up three different times to bring the three children to safety, they said. The mother climbed down herself.
Thanks to the detective's quick actions, the mother and her children suffered only minor smoke inhalation, according to the news release.
The fire started in the first-floor dining room of the duplex and caused more than $50,000 damage. Flames quickly spread throughout the first floor but firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the adjoining unit.

The cause was still under investigation, though it did not appear to be suspicious, fire officials said. The fire had been burning for several minutes before the mother and her children noticed it, they said.