WEST JORDAN — Fire investigators are looking into what caused the second of two house fires at the same home in less than 24 hours.
The second fire, which occurred about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at 6967 S. 5820 West, rendered the home a total loss, according to West Jordan Fire Deputy Chief Clint Petersen. The estimated damage was $250,000.
"The front of the house is still intact, but most of the back is gone," Petersen said in an interview.
A fire at the same address was reported just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Investigators determined that fire, which ignited on the outside of the home and significantly damaged the attic, was accidental.
When crews arrived a little more than 12 hours later, they discovered the home engulfed in flames and fought the fire from a defensive position. West Jordan fire officials said they believe the first fire was thoroughly extinguished and couldn't have sparked the second fire.
"Fire crews checked all areas for fire extension, which were deemed to be completely extinguished," the department said in a statement Monday. "Fire personnel remained on scene for several hours to conduct an investigation and to perform an extensive overhaul checking for fire extension and hot spots."
Petersen declined to comment on whether investigators believe the second fire was intentionally set, citing the active investigation. He said the fire was still being examined Monday.
Anyone with additional information about either fire can call the West Jordan Fire Department at 801-260-7300.