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West Valley woman rescued from burning van

WEST VALLEY CITY — Bystanders pulled a woman from a burning van Friday, according to firefighters.

The van was parked on the side of the road near 4350 S. 4000 West about 7:30 p.m. when a fan overheated, causing the engine to catch fire, said West Valley Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Fox.

Bystanders spotted an unconscious woman sitting behind the wheel and pulled her from the van. The woman, identified by West Valley police as 51-year-old Lori Zumwalt, remained unconscious for some time, even after being transported to Pioneer Valley Hospital.

Zumwalt, who apparently has some disabilities, eventually regained consciousness, Fox said Saturday.

"We still, to this point, don't know what the story is with her," he said. "She remains in the hospital."

Fox credited the people who pulled Zumwalt from the van with saving her life.

"She would not have done very well at all (if she had stayed in the van)," he said.

— Geoff Liesik