Murray firefighters busy with two fires within hours of each other

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MURRAY, Utah (News4Utah) – Firefighters in Murray didn’t get much rest after battling a commercial fire when they were called to a house fire later Saturday night. 

According to Murray Fire Chief Jon Harris, the first fire started at 4:45 p.m. when a passerby noticed smoke coming from field located near 4300 South Commerce Drive. The smoke was very visible to those driving along I-15. 

About 30 firefighters battled the blaze that spread to about half an acre and caught an abandoned building on fire. 

The fire was quickly contained and there were no injuries. Harris said there really is not an estimate of damages because the building was abandoned. 

The cause of that fire has still not yet been determined. 

Several hours later, around 11:20 p.m. dispatchers received a call from the neighbor of a woman who said her home was on fire. 

Harris said in that fire, a woman who lives at a home in the area of 4500 South 600 East was taking a shower when she smelled smoke. She got out and noticed the drapes in her home were on fire. She ran to the neighbors and who called 911. 

When crews arrived on that scene the home had visible smoke and flames coming from the windows. 25 firefighters were able to knock the fire down within about 15 minutes. 

Harris said the home is habitable however one of the rooms was fully destroyed and a second room partially destroyed. 

The woman told firefighters she did have burning candles by the drapes and Harris said it is possible that is what started the fire. 

There were no injures related to the fire and there is currently no estimate on damages.

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