Neighbors help rescue family after seeing smoke coming from home

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Neighbors of a Salt Lake City family helped rescue them after seeing smoke coming from their home Sunday morning. 

Firefighters were dispatched to the home located at 1019 West Pierpont Ave at 10:15 a.m. after neighbors called 911 to report smoke was coming from the home. 

The neighbors went next door to alert the homeowners, who were unaware of the flames. 

When firefighters arrived, all occupants of the home were safely evacuated. 

The fire appears to have started in the attic and traveled along the roof line of the home. Damages are estimated to be around $30,000. 

No one in the family was injured. However, one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and was treated on scene and released.

“This is a great example of what to do,” said Salt Lake City Public Information Officer Audra Sorensen. “Neighbors were attentive and thoughtful, the family got out immediately.”

Sorensen said Fire Prevention Week is coming up in October, and the theme is “GET OUT,” to educated families to have an evacuation and emergency plan, and to operate just as the families did in this incident. Salt Lake City Fire Department will be hosting week-long activities to help residents prevent and prepare for fires.

“We can’t always prevent a fire, but we can get out of one,” Sorenson said. 
 

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