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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS -- Unified Fire Department crews put out a two-alarm house fire near6700 South and 2345 East in Cottonwood Heights.
Crews were called to the scene at 8:55 a.m. All occupants of the house escaped safely and no injuries were reported. However, a dog and three birds died of injuries it sustained in the fire.
A friend of the owner was sleeping in the basement at the time of the fire. He said that he heard a loud noise, smelled smoke, and then ran out of the house with one of the owner's dogs. He said he did not see the flames until after he was out of the house.
Fire officials said the smoke was so think they had to navigate the house by feeling around because they could not see. They said fighting the fire was especially difficult because of a two layer roof.
Investigators say the fire started in the garage. Flames heavily damaged a boat and RV.
The Red Cross is providing the family with a place to stay.
Story written by the ksl.com news team with contributions from [Sandra Yi](<mailto: syi@kslcom>).