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Elderly couple displaced after 2-alarm fire

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WEST JORDAN, Utah –A family made it out of a home safely when a fire broke out in a garage, and firefighters had to link hoses together to reach the residence, which was built more than 200 feet off the street.

The fire started at about 8:30 a.m. at 3711 West 8850 South in West Jordan, and when crews arrived flames were coming out of the roof of the garage and the fire was moving toward the house.

Battalion Chief Duane Paxton of the West Jordan Fire Department said the couple’s daughter was the first to notice the fire.

“There was a daughter there with a granddaughter caring for the people last night, and it was the daughter that noticed the smoke coming underneath from the garage into the house and was able to get her parents out,” Paxton said.

Paxton said the blaze was a two-alarm fire and multiple agencies responded. He said the distance from the street to the home, about 200 feet, is unusual for a residential area and made the fire more difficult to put out. He also said remodeling work done on the structure made things more difficult. There were no injuries reported.

The couple who reside in the home has been displaced due to the damages, and the American Red Cross is assisting them.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.