Quick action douses fire at W.V. home
WEST VALLEY CITY A fire came dangerously close to causing severe damage to at least one house Friday afternoon.
The fire started outside the house near 4000 South and 4000 West about 12:20 p.m. It started near a wooden fence that separated two properties, said West Valley Fire Battalion Chief Bob Fitzgerald.
The fire quickly spread to the south side of a nearby home, climbed the wall and was creeping into the attic.
As luck would have it, not only did West Valley City have a fire station nearby, but a Unified Fire Authority truck returning from another call was right in the area, Fitzgerald said.
"It was a great example of everyone working together," he said. "If we had been delayed (in responding), this would have had a much different outcome."
Firefighters attacked the flames from inside and outside the house and were able to contain it to the south end. Damage was estimated at $20,000.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Friday. Investigators were trying to determine if ashes from an outdoor fire pit in the area where the fire started were to blame.
The homeowners were not at home when the fire started.