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Residents escape house fire in Kearns

By Nicole Gonzales | Posted - Jul. 5, 2010 at 3:58 p.m.


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KEARNS -- Some Kearns residents fled their home when neighbors told them their carport was on fire.

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Capt. Clint Smith of the Unified Fire Authority says the two-alarm fire started in the carport of the home at 5254 West Crockett Drive in Kearns around 11:50 p.m. Sunday, then moved to the house.

Smith says two residents were sleeping inside at the time, and two others were downstairs watching a movie. Neighbors knocked on their door and alerted them to the fire. Everyone got out of the house safely.

Smith says two vehicles in the carport were destroyed. Damage to the home is estimated at $150,000. The home is a total loss.

Firefighters say they found fireworks close to the home. Arson detectives don't know who lit the firework in this area, but they're hoping for the public's help in finding the culprit.

Again, crews are reminding people to be safe with fireworks and use common sense. They're telling the public not to modify explosives and not to use them near structures or fields.

"This is only one holiday we have this month, and we want people to be mindful that as we approach the 24th of July, we may have a totally different set of circumstances as far as weather is concerned," said Capt. Clint Smith with the Unified Fire Authority.

E-mail: ngonzales@ksl.com


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