SUNSET -- Fire officials are investigating what caused a fire that destroyed a home early Friday morning.
"The house is a total loss," said Sunset Fire Chief Breen Lowman.
Fire crews were called to the two-alarm fire at 350 W. 1400 North at 12:25 a.m. Friday, Lowman said. Heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the single-family dwelling when crews arrived.
Only one man lived in the home at the time and he managed to get out safely. A cat, which had smoke inhalation, was rescued and is doing fine, Lowman said.
Crews were concerned with how close the house was to other homes.
"The houses are really close together, so it was a concern," Lowman said.
Crews were also hampered in fighting the fire because of tin that lined the ceiling in the older home, which is not a common practice, Lowman said.
"That was odd for us," he said.
Crews could not punch into the ceiling because of the tin to extinguish the fire in the attic area.
For safety reasons, firefighters were not allowed on the roof, either. Firefighters let the fire burn some before they could attack it.
The fire also damaged a power pole in the backyard. Electricity to 10 homes was shut off until the power pole was replaced.
Crews from Sunset, Clinton, North Davis Fire District, Syracuse and Hill Air Force Base were at the scene, along with police officers from several agencies.
Red Cross was called to help the man who lived in the home, Lowman said. Also, friends and family members of the man offered to help.
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