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10 condo units destroyed, dozens evacuated after fire erupts at Provo complex

By Jen Riess and Carter Williams, KSL.com | Updated - Nov 28th, 2019 @ 8:39pm | Posted - Nov 28th, 2019 @ 10:01am


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PROVO — Dozens of people were evacuated and at least 10 units were a complete loss after a fire broke out at a condominium complex around 7:30 Thursday morning, officials said.

Multiple departments were dispatched to North Canyon Condominiums, which is located at 2244 N. Canyon Road, according to Provo Fire Capt. Dean York.

"This was an aggressive fire," he said. "There are going to be some people that have to be out of these apartments for some time while they have construction rebuilt here."

York added about 30 of 48 units were affected by the fire and 43 people were displaced.

"It was scary," said resident Heather Daley, who woke up suddenly to find the lights of emergency vehicles outside. "And then all of a sudden I hear boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, right on my door."

Police told her she could grab one item, but she had to evacuate. Daley grabbed her pet bearded dragon named Bowser and ran.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation; however, Provo Fire & Rescue officials wrote in a Facebook post that it may have been caused by an electrical issue probably in the attic of the complex.

Officials added that the fire caused at least $3 million in damage.

York said a police officer sustained the fire's only injury when they cut their hand breaking glass while helping residents evacuate the building.

Those who were evacuated were allowed to stay a Latter-day Saints church located at 1915 N. Canyon Road.

A couple of local restaurants, including Cupbop Korean BBQ and J Dawgs, brought food to those who were evacuated. Officials from the Red Cross said they have hotel vouchers for those who don't have a place to stay.

Daley said she planned to stay with her father for the time being.

"I'm sad but, at the same time, I'm grateful because everybody got out safe," she said. "It warms my heart to see how many people in the community have been able to reach out and help each other."

Contributing: Jed Boal, KSL TV

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