Crews battle fast moving blaze at residence in Taylorsville

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, June 20, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A residence in Taylorsville is likely a total loss after a fully involved fire early Wednesday morning.

Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief Scott McBride told Gephardt Daily the blaze, in the area of 4542 S. Edgeware Lane (2275 West), reported at approximately 3:30 a.m., was one of the most fast moving fires he’s ever seen.

“When I arrived, which was pretty quick into the incident, we had a fully involved house fire, a lot of fire,” McBride said. “To the best of my knowledge, the four people inside were awakened by the fire itself, they got out on their own. There were a couple of elderly people in there, they were able to get them out safely. They left with nothing. One of the homeowners ran out with no shoes and socks.”

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about half an hour. McBride said initially there seemed to be the potential for the fire to spread to a home to the south, but crews were able to get a handle on that and contain it to one residence.

He said the home is likely to be a total loss. At this time, there is no exact estimate of damages.

“I’ve been in the fire service a long time and it’s never easy to see someone lose all their belongings, and the roof over their head,” McBride said. “It’s always difficult for them and I sympathize with them.”

Although no one was hurt, one person, who is home bound and on oxygen, was transported to an area hospital in an ambulance so he could be given that oxygen.

There were no injuries to firefighters.

McBride said it appears the fire started at the rear of the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Utah Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents, he added.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.



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