Three people barely had time to save themselves and two of their six dogs as flames engulfed their Cedar Fort home late Tuesday.
However, four other dogs perished in the flames that consumed the two-story brick residence on 200 North near Church Street, Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said Wednesday.
About 30 firefighters from Cedar Fort, Unified Fire Authority, Saratoga Springs, Lehi and American Fork rushed to the scene about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. However, the fast-moving inferno was already well on the way to totally destroying the house as they arrived.
“There was really very little they could do to fight the fire. A couple walls had collapsed,” Cannon said. “They just poured water on the fire and went into defensive mode to keep it from spreading to other homes.”
Two of the three residents were taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.
Crews worked through the night to douse hot spots, and Cannon said it was likely some demolition work would be needed to make the scene safe for the State Fire Marshal’s Office to begin its investigation. In addition to the walls, portions of the roof also gave way overnight.
Cannon said neither the home’s occupants nor firefighters had any initial ideas about what ignited the fire.