Fire leaves $1.5 million damage at Salt Lake house

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Fire destroyed a Salt Lake home that was being rebuilt after a previous fire.

Devin Villa, deputy chief of the Salt Lake City Fire Department says crews arrived at the home in the 1000 South block of 1300 East around 8:30 p.m. Friday and found flames shooting through the roof.

Firefighters immediately started a defensive attack to protect the house located to the south. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to put out the flames.

Damage to the home that burned is estimated at $1.5 million. No one was injured.

Last May, heating tape on the roof caught the same home on fire. The owners were in the process of rebuilding from that when the latest fire happened.

Fire officials say no one was home at the time of Friday's fire and no utilities were hooked up to the home. So at this point they are considering the fire suspicious.

Friday night's incident was classified as a two-alarm fire because of the threat to the neighboring home to the south. Thirty-five firefighters responded.


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