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Apartment blaze displaces dozen

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MURRAY — Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a three-alarm fire that gutted two units in an apartment complex and left 12 residents displaced Sunday afternoon.

By late Monday morning, investigators believed the fire might have started from a discarded cigarette or a barbecue grill, Murray Deputy Fire Marshal Jesse Valenzuela said. The flames began on an apartment deck but were not caused by fireworks or a Molotov cocktail — all theories residents offered to investigators, Valenzuela said.

The fire at Brittany Apartments, 700 E. 4680 South, started just before 3 p.m. Sunday and kept crews working for nearly an hour. One civilian was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, Valenzuela said. Two apartment units were destroyed by flames, and another was left uninhabitable from smoke damage.

The 12 people living in the three damaged apartments were relocated by the Red Cross, Valenzuela said. The fire caused an estimated $150,000 damage, he said.