WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – One dog was killed in a fire which took over a home in West Valley City Tuesday afternoon.
According to Batallion Chief Bridger Williams with the West Valley City Fire Department, firefighters from multiple agencies responded to a house fire located in the area of 6400 W. and 3900 S. around 4:30 p.m.
When crews arrived on scene, heavy black smoke and flames reaching up to 50 feet above the home could be seen towering into the air.
After taking a “defensive” approach and battling the flames outside the home, crews were able to enter the home and rescue multiple puppies from inside, Williams tells ABC4.
Unfortunately, one adult dog was killed in the fire.
No one else was injured in the fire.
The home is considered to be a total loss. Officials say three sheds in the backyard of the home and two sheds in a neighbor’s backyard were also damaged.
Williams advises the public that if you’re home does happen to catch fire, do not return inside.
“If you’ve got active flame and smoke inside of a home, don’t go back in there and try to affect that rescue,” Williams says.
“Believe it or not, most times when people go back into affect rescue, even if the flames aren’t that big, it’s the smoke that will overcome them most of the time,” he adds.
The cause of the fire is under investigation
This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.