South Jordan fire hurts firefighter
Four fire agencies responded to South Jordan Sunday night to battle a house fire that injured one firefighter.
It is unknown what caused the blaze, which drew firefighters from South Jordan, West Jordan, Midvale, Murray and Salt Lake County agencies to try to save the home, South Jordan spokesman Matt Evans said.
The roof of both the home and pool had been engulfed and parts had collapsed, falling into the swimming pool. As one of the West Jordan firefighters was crossing over the debris, it gave way, causing him to wrench his back. He was admitted to Jordan Valley Hospital and then released.
"It's deceiving to tell where the pool starts and ends," Evans said.
Evans estimated damage to the house at somewhere between $200,000 and $250,000. No other houses in the area of 9960 South and 1400 West were threatened.
The family of five was home at the time the blaze started, about 7:01 p.m. The first fire unit arrived on the scene six minutes later. After one hour, the fire was put out, although a few firefighters were to remain throughout the night to watch for flare-ups.
Evans said firefighters gave the family a gift card from a local Country Inn and Suites, which would give them a place to stay if they needed it. In case a family's possessions are lost, the South Jordan Fire Department's victim advocate may provide the family with essentials like baby-care items and clothing.
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