2 suffer smoke inhalation after returning to burning home in Salt Lake City

Fire crews responded to the area of 422 N. 1500 West, Salt Lake City, and doused a fire that began in a garage, on Feb. 16, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Steve Milner

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 16, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Firefighters responded to a blaze in Salt Lake City on Friday.

The fire was reported at about 12:40 p.m. in the area of 422 N. 1500 West.

“About 24 firefighters arrived,” saidĀ Audra Sorensen, Salt Lake City Fire Department spokeswoman. “The fire spread from the garage to the attic, then a little bit into the kitchen.”

A number of adults — somewhere between four and 10, Sorensen said — had been inside the residence when it caught fire.

“Two of them are currently seeking medical treatment for smoke inhalation,” Sorensen said.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation. Damages were estimated at $100,000.

“They got here quickly, and they quickly put the fire out,” Sorensen said of the firefighters. “They’ve double checked and triple checked, and everything looks pretty good to go. Now they’ll just spend some time determining the cause, where and how it started, then get these people back into their home.”

No firefighters were hurt in the operation.

“Two of the individuals decided to go back into the home, which is why there is some smoke inhalation there,” Sorensen said, adding that she didn’t know why the two residents decided to return to a burning home.

“There were no pets. I really couldn’t say,” she said. “Everyone goes in for a different reason. In every situation, if you know a fire is growing, the best idea is to call 911 and run out. Everything but your life is replaceable.”

Fire crews responded to the area of 422 N. 1500 West, Salt Lake City, and doused a fire that began in a garage, on Feb. 16, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Steve Milner

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