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John Daley ReportingA Salt Lake home is a total loss this afternoon. The home erupted into flames earlier today, sending fire and dark smoke into the sky above Salt Lake.
Fire officials declared it a two-alarm fire, so extra crews were called to fight the blaze in the hot temperatures, which were in the high 90s.
The cause is still under investigation, but the fire appears to have started inside the home. Neighbor Rev. Karl Mitchell said, "I received a knock on the door, a pounding on the door. There was a young lady there, told me to get out. There was a fire next door. I grabbed my shoes and got out. Got in my pickup and drove off far enough away, about a block away. Then I went back. And flames. Huge flames."
Assistant to the fire chief, Dennis McKone, said, "As I arrived, there was flames blowing out every window on the west, east and north side. It had already vented through the roof. There was heavy fire in the roof also. The house is a total loss. We're going to estimate damage at $250,000 to $300,000."
The owner of the house says he and his brother worked on it for years, spending tens of thousands of dollars in renovations. Homeowner Maka Vai says, "It's my dream home, and I not built it to sell the house. I build it for me to live in. So I put all that money in it, and it looks like it all goes down in a dream."
No one was inside and no one was hurt. Fire officials say the fire risk is high whether it's a house fire or wildfire, when the temperatures are this high, and it's as windy as it was today.