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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Unified Fire crews clean up after responding to a house fire near 7400 south 2200 east in Cottonwood Heights, Utah Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Boy playing with lighter burns down Cottonwood Heights house
First Published Jul 22 2014 01:51 pm • Last Updated Jul 23 2014 07:26 am

Investigators believe a boy playing with a lighter started a fire Tuesday afternoon that burned down his Cottonwood Heights home.

Unified Fire crews responded to an emergency call about 1:20 p.m. that a house at 7425 S. Butler Hills Drive (2215 East) had caught fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the house engulfed in flames.

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"Our guys were able to make a quick, aggressive fire attack, but the fire had already advanced by the time we got there to the point where it appears the house is basically a complete loss," said Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief Brian Anderton.

The boy and his grandfather escaped the house safely as it burned to the ground. The Red Cross was on the scene Tuesday afternoon helping them find somewhere to stay temporarily, Anderton said.

"[Their house] won’t be habitable for quite a while," he added.

Police are not conducting a criminal investigation because the fire was caused accidentally, Anderton said.


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