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Firefighters use high tech to find, douse Utah condo fire

Published March 25, 2013 1:18 pm

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Unified Fire Authority crews quickly doused a two-alarm blaze inside a Taylorsville condominium unit late Monday morning.

UFA Capt. Clint Mecham said no injuries were reported and damage from the 8:15 a.m. fire at 1175 W. 4515 South was primarily limited to smoke and water.

Mecham said that when firefighters arrived and saw smoke coming from the unit, they called a second alarm due to the blaze's location in a multi-resident structure.

Crews used a thermal imaging camera to locate the source of the fire, found to be inside a wall in the ground-floor unit. Firefighters opened the wall and extinguished the flames. At that point, the second alarm was cancelled.

Mecham said the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

He said the occupants of the units adjacent and above had initially be evacuated but were allowed to return, and the occupant of the fire scene unit also was expected to be allowed to return later Monday.

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