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Fire guts top of Magna home and melts neighbor’s siding

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Fire destroyed the second floor of a house under construction and damaged the siding of an adjacent house Friday night.

Fire crews were called to 3563 S. Mason Vista Way (about 7375 West) about 5:15 p.m. after a neighbor noticed smoke and flames coming out of the roof, said Salt Lake County Fire Capt. Bill Brass.When firefighters arrived, the entire second floor of the structure was engulfed in flames, Brass said. The house, which was about two-thirds finished, was unoccupied.

Rod Tucker, a nearby resident who is in charge of security for houses under construction in that subdivision, told investigators he and his wife had checked the house and had moved to another one when the fire apparently started.

"When we came out of the house, we didn't see or smell anything," Tucker said. "A few minutes later, we saw smoke coming out."

The fire was controlled in 20 minutes and put out within 40 minutes, Brass said. None of the 15 firefighters that worked on the blaze was injured.

Damage to the house is estimated at $30,000. The house to the south, about 30 feet away, sustained about $1,000 in damage to the vinyl siding, which melted.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.