Utah-Salt lake House Fire
Fire in S.L. home put out fast
A fire caused about $25,000 damage to a Salt Lake house Monday.
Jason Olson, Deseret Morning NewsFire crews respond to a fire that started in a closet and quickly spread to the attic of this Salt Lake home near 100 West and 400 North. The large house, near 100 West and 400 North, had been divided into several apartments. The fire was reported about 10:45 a.m. by one of the tenants who smelled smoke.
Amanda Rounds was asleep in one of the downstairs apartments when she was awakened by people banging on the door across the hall.
"I got up and I saw some of the smoke," she said.
At first Rounds said she was afraid to open her door. When she finally did poke her head outside she saw a firefighter who told her to evacuate.
The fire was put out quickly. Crews determined it started in a closet in one of the upstairs units, said Dennis McKone, Salt Lake City Fire administrative assistant to the chief.
The fire was beginning to spread into the attic before crews were able to knock it down, McKone said.
The cause of the fire was not determined early Monday afternoon. Rounds said there had been problems with fuses in the old building prior to the fire starting, but did not know if that had anything to do with the fire.
Four people were evacuated from the building. Only one person suffered minor smoke inhalation, McKone said. That person was treated at the scene and released.
McKone said the people who lived in the lower apartments were expected to be allowed back in their homes.
"Everything smells like fire," Rounds said of her apartment, while also noting the important thing was nobody was hurt.