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Woman left with only a towel after fire in her apartment

SOUTH SALT LAKE -- A woman was left with only the towel she had wrapped around her body after a two-alarm fire broke out in her apartment Thursday night.The woman was taking a shower at the Timber Creek Apartments, at 700 West and 3900 South, just before 7 p.m. when she noticed the bathroom lights flicker. Getting out of the shower, she discovered that the water heater closet was engulfed in flames, South Salt Lake Fire Chief Steve Foote said.

The woman attempted the fight the fire herself but had to flee the apartment, dressed in only a towel.

About 50 South Salt Lake firefighters fought the blaze, which gutted the apartment and forced the temporary evacuation of other residents, Foote said.

Investigators have determined that a faulty electrical connection at the water heater caused the fire.

Family cat is lone casualty in fire on S.L.'s 1000 East

A family pet perished in a house fire early Thursday, but residents were able to safely escape.

Salt Lake Fire Capt. Devin Villa said the fire at 668 S. 1000 East was reported at 1:14 a.m. after a resident in the home was awakened by the smell of smoke.

The fire started in the living room of the house from a burning candle left unattended. Villa said the home has a basement apartment, but those residents also safely escaped as well as a pet dog.

During the investigation, firefighters found a cat that had died because of the fire, Villa said.

Monday designated as day for recycling in S.L. County

Monday is "America Recycles Day in Salt Lake County," by order of the County Commission. It focuses on products available that are made from recycled materials (such as garden hoses made from recycled tires), with the intent to encourage people to recycle and buy products that are made from recycled materials.

The commission is scheduled to adopt a resolution naming the day, and Commission Chairwoman Mary Callaghan will discuss recycling possibilities at the Home Depot, 2100 South and 300 West, at 11 a.m.

Call 974-6902 for information on recycling in Salt Lake County.