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1 injured, residents evacuated after apartment fire in Cottonwood Heights

(Jeffrey D Allred, KSL)


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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — One person was injured and several others were forced from their homes when fire broke out at an apartment complex in Cottonwood Heights early Friday morning, officials said.

Crews responded to the Santa Fe Apartments at 7015 S. Santa Cruz Drive (1550 East) about 3:30 a.m., emergency dispatchers confirmed.

An elderly woman who uses oxygen told dispatchers her apartment was on fire. After crews arrived, she was transported to the University of Utah burn center with severe respiratory burns, according to the Unified Fire Department.

Four units in the complex were damaged and 24 units were evacuated. During the evacuation, crews rescued five people from the balcony of a third-story unit, KSL TV reported.

The Red Cross set up a shelter in the community room of the apartment complex, Unified Fire said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Contributing: Felicia Martinez, KSL TV

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