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Investigators: Cigarette sparked Midvale apartment fire

Posted - Jul. 22, 2010 at 11:15 a.m.



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MIDVALE -- Fire investigators say a cigarette butt most likely started a large fire at a Midvale apartment complex that left 20 people without homes.

The three-alarm fire destroyed a dozen units at the Royal Ridge apartment complex near 1000 East and 7400 South Wednesday morning.

According to the Deseret News, investigators now say the fire started on a third floor balcony where it appears an improperly discarded cigarette or some other smoking material sparked the blaze.

Most residents of the building had little time to gather belongings. Crews condemned the building, which will eventually have to be torn down.

Damage estimates with property lost are expected to reach $1 million.

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