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SALT LAKE CITY — A uncommonly large fire Monday damaged two homes on 900 West between 100 South and 400 South, police said, causing about $300,000 in damage.

No injuries were reported Monday afternoon, but the blaze was big enough that 65 firefighters rushed to battle it within 15 minutes, according to the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

"Both homes were fully engulfed in flames," said fire spokeswoman Audra Sorensen. Cars near the buildings also were ablaze, but no one was trapped inside by the flames. A cat and dog also made it out safely.

Salt Lake City fire crews move up a ladder on a roof as they work a large fire at two addresses, 141 S. and 151 S. 900 West, in Salt Lake City on Monday, May 15, 2017. (Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
Salt Lake City fire crews move up a ladder on a roof as they work a large fire at two addresses, 141 S. and 151 S. 900 West, in Salt Lake City on Monday, May 15, 2017. (Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

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On Monday afternoon, crews were on the roof of a two-story home trying to douse the flames. They were expected to remain there to keep the structures damp through the night.

One of the homes was a rental property with three apartments, Sorensen said. Authorities believe the fire spread from one home to the next through shrubs between the homes. They have not yet determined what caused the fire.

"A big fire like this doesn't happen very often," Sorensen said. "We do a pretty good job of making sure we have fire prevention in place."

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