Update: New information released in deadly Draper house fire

Officials have identified an elderly woman killed in a Draper house fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Photo Courtesy: Draper City
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DRAPER, Utah, July 23, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials said a 6-year-old boy critically injured in a fatal house fire in Draper early Tuesday morning is now in stable condition.

According to Draper Fire Chief Clint Smith, firefighters were called to a home at 13923 S. Arrow Creek Road about 12:45 a.m. When first responders arrived they found a two-story log home engulfed in smoke and flame.

Fire crews quickly determined there were five people living the home, including a husband, wife, a 10-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, as well as an elderly grandmother.

Smith said everyone made it out except for the grandmother, whose body was found inside the house.

The 6-year-old suffered burns and smoke inhalation. He was flown by medical helicopter to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition, but a news release from Draper City Tuesday afternoon said he is now in stable condition.

While battling the fire, a Draper City firefighter was taken to Lone Peak Hospital for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. A Draper Police officer was treated and released at Lone Peak for smoke inhalation.

The names of the victims have yet to be released.

“Draper City fire crews were on scene within minutes, and other nearby cities sent in crews and fire equipment to assist in battling this fire,” said the news release. “The house fire occurred on a private road. There were no fire hydrants on that road, but fire crews were able to connect to hydrants on Arrow Creek Drive.”

Draper City Fire, Draper Police and the State Fire Marshal’s office determined the fire started on the front porch of the log home, the news release said. Officials did not say exactly how the fire ignited.

“We are extremely saddened that a life was lost in this fast-moving house fire,” the update said. “We express our deepest condolences to the family members during this time of grief.”

Gephardt Daily will update the story as more information becomes available.

A six-year-old boy critically injured in a fatal house fire in Draper in the early hours of Tuesday morning is now in stable condition, officials said. Photo Courtesy: Draper City


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