Man found dead inside burned Taylorsville home

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TAYLORSVILLE — A man was found dead inside a house that caught fire early Friday.

But as of 9 a.m. there were more questions than answers about the deadly incident.

Neighbors called 911 about 2:15 a.m. to report a house fire at 3478 W. Valley Heights Drive (5170 South), said Unified Fire Authority spokesman Eric Holmes.

Fire crews found a man in his late 20s to early 30s inside the residence, Holmes said. The man was declared dead a short time later, he said.

The man was the only occupant of the home at the time, Holmes said, but it was unknown Friday morning whether he lived there or how many people reside in the home. It was also unknown where in the house the man was found, why he wasn't able to get out of the residence in time, or if he died as a result of the fire, Holmes said.

The house and a vehicle outside suffered "significant" damage in the fire, he said. It was unknown if the fire spread from the car to the home, or the home to the car, Holmes said. The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation Friday, though there's no evidence to indicate it was suspicious in nature, he said.

A dog and cat also died in the fire, Holmes said.

This story will be updated throughout the day as additional information is released.


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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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