Syracuse house blaze causes $250,000 in damage

Sep 21 2013 - 7:57pm

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SYRACUSE -- The upper levels of a home are being called a total loss after a house fire Saturday.

Syracuse Police Sgt. Dave Skinner said crews were called to the fire, at 1789 S. 3720 West, Saturday afternoon and found flames coming from the house. One person was in the home but was evacuated.

Flames shot out of the roof of the two-story home, and crews streamed water in from a ladder above, as well as through front and back windows. Much of the south side of the roof collapsed as firefighters battled the blaze.

Syracuse Fire Chief Eric Froerer said the fire was fast-moving and difficult to access because of wind. However, crews were able to get control of it in about an hour.

Froerer estimated the total damage to the house at around $250,000 but said the bottom level and basement might be salvageable.

"The most important thing is no one was hurt," Froerer said.

As of Saturday evening, crews were still investigating the cause of the fire, Froerer said. The blaze started in the back of the house, near the back deck.

Froerer said the family is receiving help from friends and family, as well as its insurance company, to find a place to live while the house is uninhabitable.

As well as the crews from Syracuse, firefighters from Layton, Clinton and North Davis responded to the fire.

Contact reporter Bubba Brown at 801-625-4221 or bbrown@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BubbaBrownSE.

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