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(KSL News) Rude awakenings aren't uncommon among college students, but this morning it wasn't a college prank, rather a fast-burning fire.
It started in the garage of a home near 1200 East and 500 South just before 6:30 this morning. Because of the garage's contents, the fire quickly engulfed the structure and spread to the houses on both sides.
The smoke woke up Nicole Elgueta. She said, "There was a garage in the back with a couch. It's not there anymore. The motorcycle blew up. There was a little motor home; that's gone. Everything just went up in flames."
Nick Evans was sleeping in the basement apartment when the fire started. He said, "Everyone was yelling get out of the house. It's on fire. It's burning down. The windows started blowing out. And it just got out of control, you know."
Some witnesses say flames were at least 20 feet in the air. The most severe damage was kept to the exterior. The interior suffered minor smoke damage.