A 65-year-old man was killed early Thursday in a fire at his home.
Firefighters were called to a fire at the home of Duane Nelson, 2556 S. 300 East, about 1:30 a.m. Nelson was found dead in his home."Apparently, he woke up and tried to get out, got within five feet of his door and collapsed," said South Salt Lake Fire Chief Robert Adams. "The fire must have been going for quite a while before we were called."
Fire officials found a smoke detector, but do not know if it went off. Nelson, however, was apparently at least partially deaf and lived alone.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, which was mostly contained to the bedroom. The fire did, however, cause the ceiling to collapse and spread into the rafters. Damage was estimated at $35,000.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. "It was an accidental fire. We're sure of that," Adams said.
Nelson had been burned on his face and fingers. The burns may have occurred when he woke up to the fire, sat up into the hot air and breathed in the smoke. Adams said firefighters try to teach people who wake up to smoke or fire to roll out onto the floor, where it is not as hot.
Wednesday morning, South Salt Lake firefighters responded to a fire at 452 E. 2250 South after a 3-year-old boy set fire to a playpen where his 18-month-old sibling was playing.
The mother, who had been sleeping in the same room, woke up to the fire, grabbed the children and ran out. The blaze was contained mostly to the playpen and was quickly extinguished.
Both children were treated for minor burns. The 3-year-old had been playing with a cigarette lighter.