Centerville condo fire kills cat; 4 people suffer smoke inhalation

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 9:08 AM

Loretta Park, Standard-Examiner Staff

CENTERVILLE — Four people suffered smoke inhalation and a family’s cat died in a structure fire Saturday afternoon, fire officials said.

South Davis Metro Fire Chief Jeff Bassett said the cat was found in the second story of a condominium at 88 W. 50 South, Centerville.

Bassett said the teenage girl who lived in the home noticed a fire in a bedroom on the second story and got her mother. The two tried to put out the fire, but could not, so they ran to get a fire extinguisher.

When they returned, “the fire was too big, so they called 911,” Bassett said.

Fire officials got the call at 11:58 a.m. When they arrived flames were coming out of the window, Bassett said.

They were able to knock down the fire within seven minutes after they arrived. The fire did about $70,000 worth of damage.

The second story of the condo had fire damage, while the first floor had smoke and water damage.

The mother and the teenage girl were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, as were two other people who were passing by and tried to help the two, Bassett said.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire, Bassett said.

American Red Cross Utah is providing housing for the mother and the daughter, Bassett said.

A condo on the west had some smoke damage and the woman who lived there decided to go stay with family members. The condo on the east also had smoke damage, but was unoccupied.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE.

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