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Sandy fire crews are probing an east-bench house fire that caused about a half-million dollars in damage.
Officials say the fire at the house near 8700 South and 2600 East began around 5:30 this morning. A neighbor taking a morning walk noticed the flames and called 911.
Neighbors report flames shooting 20 to 30 feet through the roof. "You could see that it was coming right through the top of the roof and out the front," one woman said.
Crews tried to fight the fire from within, but quickly had to bail out as the roof began to collapse. Then they attacked the fire from tall ladder trucks.
Firefighters extinguished the fire by 6:30 a.m. but say the home is a complete loss. Damage is estimated at $500,000 to $600,000.
Neighbors say no one has lived there for some time. "It was a goofy house, but it was cool. It was a neat house on the inside," a neighbor said.
This house suffered water damage last year. Now, the second floor is gone. The cause of the fire is under investigation.