MIDVALE, Utah, July 7, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Sixty people were displaced Friday night when a fire broke out at Millcreek Apartments, 759 W. Center St. (7720 South).
Stephen Higgs, assistant chief of operations for the Unified Fire Authority, said the fire call came in at about 7:30 p.m. and when crews arrived, “they found fire venting from several windows in the involved unit and spreading into the stairwell breezeway.”
Higgs said the fire was beginning to affect units on the north side of the stairwell, but, “Crews did a very good job of hitting it aggressively in the initial attack and got it knocked down.”
The blaze was under control within 15 to 20 minutes, he said, and there were no rescues required and no injuries.
Higgs said he thinks 12 units were affected — four from the fire and the others from smoke and water damage. The 60 displaced residents were talking with Red Cross representatives and arranging for places to stay.
Higgs said it was a two-alarm fire because of the potential for the flames to spread, and because crews needed to rotate to prevent heat exhaustion.
Higgs said it was “just speculation,” but the origin of the fire may have been in a third-floor apartment, as it appears that the fire broke out of the unit and into the breezeway. This isn’t uncommon with all wood-frame construction, he said, where a fire can travel and cut off the means of exit for other units in the building.
He said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but investigators are on scene and looking into it.