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Downed line blamed in Layton house fire

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LAYTON — Fire officials say a downed power line is suspected to have caused a house fire that torched an entire attic and did $100,000 in damage.

Monday's 12:16 a.m. fire at 1975 N. 2853 East started when one of several downed lines fell into a chain link fence, sparked the nearby metal rain gutters and set the attic on fire, said assistant Layton fire chief Scott Adams.

Because of the downed lines, two fire engines were already on the scene when the fire broke out, Adams said. The home's occupants were outside when the fire started, and no one was hurt by the blaze. The home suffered structural damage and the attic was basically destroyed, but the main floors below the attic suffered only minimal damage, Adams said.

Some parts of the ceiling in the living room and front entry area caved in from water damage, but most belongings were either covered or removed after the fire started, Adams said.

Thirty-mph winds fueled the blaze, and fire crews remained at the home until close to 9 a.m. Monday monitoring possible hot spots in the attic, Adams said.

The home's occupants were staying with friends.