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Quick response saves West Valley City woman, dog, from fire

Published March 22, 2014 12:02 pm

Apartment • West Valley crews were in area when incident reported
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A 41-year-old West Valley City woman and her dog were rescued Friday night from a fire at the Hidden Pointe Apartments, 3854 W. Rockwood Way, after a quick-acting fire crew responded within minutes.

"There were reports of a structure fire at 11:48 [p.m.]," said West Valley City fire department spokesman Chris Beichner. "The crew coming back to the station saw it pop up on the screen. That gave them an early jump and they got there fast. There were multiple units, with a woman leaning out of the window trapped inside."

Beichner said that within two minutes of the report, fire fighters were able to set up ladders and help the woman down from the second story. During a search of the unit, they found an unconscious dog, which was treated by medics with oxygen therapy. The animal regained consciousness.

A man who lived in the complex and tried to fight the fire unsuccessfully with an extinguisher was treated at the scene and releaed. In all, 27 fire fighters responded to the call.

The woman, whom officials did not identify Saturday morning, suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns to her hand. She was transported to a nearby hospital.

"The fire started in her living room," said Beichner. "The cause is undetermined. But it prevented her from exiting, so she went to her bedroom window, where we rescued her."

The fire caused $50,000 in damage to the woman's apartment, 80 percent of which was destroyed. Beichner said another four families were dispaced due to water damage. He said they may be able to move back in by Monday, although it will be a few weeks to a month before the other apartment will be habitable again.

Police evacuated a building to the north as a precaution.

The Utah Red Cross reported via Twitter that 19 adults and eight children were affected by the fire. The agency provided food and lodging to a family of three, and food and clothing to a family of two.