Fire damages West Valley City home

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WEST VALLEY CITY -- Fire forced some West Valley City residents out of their home early Friday morning.

The West Valley City Fire Department says the homeowner smelled smoke coming from the basement of the house near 3800 South and 6500 West around 3 a.m. He went downstairs, opened a door and found the family room on fire.

Everyone inside got out of the house and they called for help from a neighbor's home.

Fire crews arrived and doused the flames within about 20 minutes. Damage is estimated around $10,000 but firefighters say it could have been worse.

Battalion Chief Bob Fitzgerald said, "The good thing that the gentleman did was when he opened the door, he closed it back. If he hadn't closed the door then the fire probably would have spread through the rest of the house."

No word yet on what caused the fire.

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