Murray home heavily damaged in 2-alarm house fire

Murray and Unified Fire Authority crews responded to a house fire at 4510 S. 600 East in Murray on Saturday night, June 16, 2018. It was the second blaze they battled in one evening. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

MURRAY, Utah, June 17, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Murray and Unified Fire Authority crews responded to a house fire Saturday night, the second blaze they battled in one evening.

Fire Chief Jon Harris, Murray City Fire Department, said the call came in at about 11:20 p.m. of a fire at 4510 S. 600 East.

“A 50-year-old woman was taking a shower and thought she smelled smoke,” Harris told Gephardt Daily. “She came out into the living room and saw that the drapes were on fire.”

The woman immediately ran to a neighbor’s home, and the neighbor called 911.

Harris said when firefighters arrived, the flames were shooting out of the window and had extended to a second room in the house.

A second alarm was called, but the first crews on scene had the blaze extinguished in about 10 minutes of their arrival, and the second alarm was cancelled.

Crews were still performing “overhaul” — doing some salvage work to try to protect as much property as they could and searching for any hidden fire.

Harris said the house has two roofs, a flat one and a pitched roof built on top of it. Firefighters were “digging into the roof” to make sure no fire had made its way into that area.

He said the woman in the home got out early, “before the fire really took off,” and no one was injured.

The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but Harris said the woman told officials she was burning candles near where it apparently started.

No estimate of damages was available. Crews were still cleaning up, and Harris said an investigator was on the way.

To read about the earlier 2-alarm fire Saturday, click here.


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