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Van rolls into Sandy home, catches fire, flames spread to house

Published June 21, 2012 1:50 pm

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Sandy firefighters on Thursday battled a residential fire that started when a Volkswagen van rolled down a hill and into the home, where it burst in flames.

The fire at 1102 E. Quarry View Way (8925 South) was reported at 11:05 a.m.

Sandy police Sgt. John Arnold said no injuries were reported and the fire had been extinguished by 12:10 p.m. before doing extensive damage to the home. The older-model van, however, was a total loss.

The van's parking brake may have failed, or perhaps its manual transmission slipped out of gear. Why the vehicle caught fire, however, remained under investigation; an electrical short of some kind was being considered.

The owner of the condominium home reportedly heard the crash, came outside to see the wreckage and vehicle on fire and called 911.

remims@sltrib.com