15 residents homeless after fire in West Valley City apartment complex

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - The flames are out, the fire crews are gone and now investigators are trying to determine what sparked the blaze.

Authorities said several West Valley police officers first spotted the flames and may have saved some lives.

The first call came in just before 3 a.m. Friday.

Fire crews put out the flames in about 30 minutes and credit police officers on routine patrol for initially containing the fire.

Three of the four officers suffered minor smoke inhalation but are expected to be just fine.

Police said the same officers were called out to the same complex earlier that night when gun shots were reported.

2 comments

  • Francais Anita Parker

    I heard the sirens just before 3:00am. I leaned over my back balcony to see what was happening and saw 2 firefighters in full garb running towards the building with the fire-hose. I ran outside to the parking lot and that’s when I saw the massive pillar of smoke. It was thick enough it blocked out the moon. It was very scary. When I first saw the fire it looked big and bad enough that I worried it might jump from building B to building C (which is where I live). I ran back inside and woke my husband and prepared our cat for transport. Thank goodness the fire department got a handle on it in time. Those police officers are heroes for what they did this morning!

  • Steve Lutz

    Seems like every week there is another apartment fire in the valley that leaves people homeless and/or hurt. It’s past time to require fire sprinklers in all apartment buildings. They work, they are not that expensive and they save lives and property.

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