Fire forces residents out of apartment

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Imagine having police pound on your door, telling you your apartment is on fire. A mom was saved that way this morning near 4040 south and 1500 west in West Valley City.

A big, black, gaping hole stares out of the side of the building. The smoky siding is slipping off the outside wall under a bedroom window. Fire officials say they think they know what caused it.

Fire forces residents out of apartment

West Valley City's assistant fire chief Kris Romijn said, "The mother that was home stated that the [12-year-old] child came to her and asked for a lighter to light a candle. That's what we are looking at right now."

Romijn says that mother did not know her apartment was on fire until a police officer knocked on her door and got her out. Apparently, a passerby noticed the fire and called 911.

The family needs a new place to live now, but the fire was stopped before it spread to the other units. Crews estimate the damage at $50,000.


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