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Mapleton home 'a total loss' after fire

MAPLETON, Utah County — A fire destroyed a Mapleton home Wednesday, causing more than $200,000 in damage.

Police officers first arrived at the home around 10:30 a.m. to find the home at 1361 N. 200 West packed with dense smoke, Mapleton Police Chief John Jackson said.

Firefighters arrived soon afterward and doused the fire, but the home sustained considerable damage and is considered "a total loss," Jackson said. The family of four was not home at the time.

The family had apparently lived in the home since 1999, when it was built.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated. Jackson said he hadn't received any indication one way or the other about whether the fire was considered suspicious.

Several residents, including "family, neighbors and local religious leaders," have reached out to the family, he said.

"When tragedies like this happen, it amazes me how people come to support these people," he told the Deseret News. "I’m so proud of the citizens of Mapleton. They were just awesome."

Crews from the Mapleton, Provo, Springville, Spanish Fork and Salem fire departments responded to combat the blaze.

— Ben Lockhart