COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah, Aug. 24, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A neighbor forced entry into the basement of a Cottonwood Heights home where a fire broke out Monday afternoon and assisted the homeowner to safety; two dogs perished in the blaze.
Unified Fire Authority spokesman Ryan Love told Gephardt Daily the blaze broke out at a single-family home at 7345 S. Winesap Circle at approximately 4:30 p.m.
When crews arrived, the basement and back deck were fully involved, Love said, and the fire spread to the residence. Crews took a defensive stance, meaning they initially battled the fire from the outside.
When they entered the home, they found two dogs in the basement had died.
The garage is a complete loss, Love said, while the home is heavily damaged. At this early stage, there is no estimate of damages.
One occupant, the homeowner, has been displaced.
The blaze was a one-alarm fire, Love added, and a second alarm was not called.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.