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Tooele man remains critical following fire that destroyed home

Five other family members unharmed in Wednesday’s blaze.

First Published May 23 2013 01:15 pm • Last Updated May 23 2013 11:07 pm

A Tooele man remained in critical condition Thursday, the day after being rescued by firefighters from his burning home.

The condition of Joshua Draper, 25, was unchanged from when he was flown by helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray Wednesday morning, said hospital spokesman Jess Gomez.

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Draper was found unconscious in the smoke-filled home on Tooele’s Isgreen Circle about 4 a.m. Tooele County Emergency Management spokesman Wade Mathews said the investigation into the cause of the fire was ongoing, but it appeared it began in the back of the house.

A couple and their four children were staying in the home. When firefighters arrived, Draper — one of the couple’s sons — was unaccounted for.

Two volunteer firefighters entered the burning home and found the man, unconscious but breathing, under a stairway in the basement. They believe he may have tried taking shelter there before collapsing from the heat and smoke.

The two firefighters called for backup, and two additional firefighters entered the home and helped them carry the man to safety.

Mathews said the house, valued at $175,000, was a total loss.

A local LDS Church ward was assisting the family. The parents’ three unharmed children, ages 5 to 16, are autistic and require a special diet.


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