TAYLORSVILLE (ABC4 Utah News) – At least six people are displaced after a two alarm fire caused dozens of evacuations Thursday night in Taylorsville.
According to Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority, the fire broke out in a duplex unit at the Watchwood Condominiums, 4150 South, 2333 West, just east of Interstate 215 at 7:18 p.m.
Gary Anderson was babysitting his infant grandson across the street when firefighters knocked on his door and told them to leave immediately.
“Everything was on fire. It was the whole, everything,” Anderson said. “The car, the carport. Everything that was there was on fire.”
Matthew McFarland, Public Information Officer for Salt Lake UFA, said that 15 units were dispatched.
“The duplex, one side of it was fully involved as well as the fire was in a car and in the carport,” McFarland said. “The second unit that was attached to that was beginning to get involved as well. Clearly. In addition to that there was an exposure. A third unit that wasn’t attached to that but the siding had melted off of it There was a car parked next to it that was getting heat damage as well.”
McFarland said that the first hydrant they attempted to use broke, flooding the streets with several inches of water.
Despite that, crews were able to knock down the fire in 30 minutes.
No people were injured but two cats were found dead inside of one of the units.
The cause is under investigation.
1 duplex (2 units) left uninhabitable after structure fire in Taylorsville. 6+ people displaced, as well as several cats and dogs. No residents or fire personnel reported injured. Cause still under investigation. pic.twitter.com/g6efzlbVUo— Unified Fire (@FireAuthority) November 17, 2017