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(Erin Alberty | The Salt Lake Tribune) A 2-alarm fire rips through a home in Milcreek on April 16, 2014.
2-alarm fire engulfs Millcreek home

First Published Apr 16 2014 06:55 pm • Last Updated Apr 17 2014 08:14 am

A fire on Wednesday devoured a Millcreek home and killed several pets.

The blaze broke out about 6:30 p.m. at 2680 E. Evergreen Ave. (3435 South) and spread throughout the house, said Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief Brian Anderton.

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No people were injured in the fire — the homeowner was in Lehi at the time of the fire — but his three cats, a bird and a three-foot shark living in a large fish tank were in the house and presumed to have died.

The blaze appears to have begun on the back deck of the house, but the cause remained under investigation late Wednesday, Anderton said. The 3,700-square-foot house was engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Firefighters approached the house from multiple sides, deploying a ladder truck to spray from above and knocking down a garden wall to find a good spot to attack the fire. As water poured over the burning home, huge clouds of smoke obscured the property. But even through the smoke, it was evident the house had sustained major damage. The house was deemed a total loss, the value of the damage being estimated at $1 million.

Runoff from the fire hoses was draining into an irrigation canal, so a hazardous materials crew was called out to try to keep pollutants from the canal. Anderton said crews didn’t think the runoff would contaminate culinary water sources. As of Wednesday night, health inspectors believed all contaminants had been captured.

Crews were still at the house as of 10 p.m., putting out hot spots. A demolition crew was expected to knock down some of the structure to provide better access to smaller rooms that may be smoldering, Anderton said. Crews planned to monitor for flare-ups throughout the night.

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