Five people are displaced after a fire destroyed the main level of their Salt Lake City home.
The fire started shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday at the house, 1239 W. 700 South. Two people who were in a basement bedroom at the time heard the smoke detectors go off and escaped without injury, said Salt Lake City Fire spokesman Jasen Asay.
A fire crew was leaving their station and "saw the smoke coming from the neighborhood, so they knew exactly where to go," Asay said.
Though the firefighters were able to react quickly and keep the fire from spreading to the basement or the attic, the fire still destroyed one floor of the house. The blaze caused an estimated $150,000 in damage.
Investigators believe the fire originated from a power strip, Asay said.
The five people who lived at the home have family nearby that they can stay with, Asay added.
"It’s fortunate that the smoke alarms were working, and the [two people] were able to get out of the house quickly," Asay said. "It’s a great example of why it’s important to make sure your smoke alarms are working properly."
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