Fire breaks out in West Valley City apartment complex

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WEST VALLEY CITY -- Smoke poured from the Somerset Village Apartments near 3800 South and Redwood Road in West Valley City after a fire broke out in the complex.

A tenant on the first floor of the complex was apparently the first to notice the fire when he awoke from a nap and saw some sort of glowing light. When he realized it was a fire, he began knocking on neighbors' doors and helped them get to safety. Everyone who was in the eight-apartment complex at the time was able to escape.

Firefighters responded around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and had the main fire mostly contained by about 5 p.m.

No one knows how the fire began but it later spread to the attic, forcing fire crews to cut large holes to ventilate the buildings.

All of the apartments suffered water and smoke damage.

Assistant Chief Kris Romain with the West Valley Fire Department said they're still trying to determine the exact cause of the fire.

In the meantime, officials are working with the apartment managers to help the displaced residents find shelter for the night.



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