SALT LAKE CITY — It took firefighters just under an hour to control a blaze that damaged a house in an historic area of Salt Lake City Saturday.
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries fighting the fire.
The house sustained heavy damage, according to Salt Lake fire spokesman Jasen Asay, who said two people in the house escaped without injuries after a neighbor alerted them.
Lani Murakami said she was working in her nearby house when she began to smell smoke. When she went outside, she saw light smoke coming out of her neighbor's house, 1726 E. Yale Ave. (1090 South), and ran over to warn her.
"She had no idea," Murakimi said.
Murakami went back to her house to retrieve a fire extinguisher, but by that time the upstairs was smoking and they made the decision to call 911.
Investigators determined the two-alarm fire was accidental, caused by electrical problems near the attic.
The second floor and attic area suffered heavy damages, Asay said. Several concealed spaces in the attic made it harder for firefighters to get the fire under control.
Two firefighters were treated minor injuries, according to Asay. Three cats were also found and returned to their owner with no injuries.
Murakami said she felt sad for her neighbor, but added, "We're a good neighborhood.
"We'll ban together," she said. "Just like we always do."
— Daphne Chen