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Fire destroys Millcreek home after downed power lines hamper crews' efforts

MILLCREEK — A fire destroyed a Millcreek home Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Firefighters arrived at 1575 E. 3200 South around 4 p.m. to find the home engulfed in flames, said Unified Fire Authority spokesman Taylor Sandstrom.

The home, which sustained severe fire and smoke damage, is considered a total loss, Sandstrom said.

A dog in the backyard was able to escape the fire. The homeowner, the only person who lives in the house, was not there at the time.

Live power lines were down when crews arrived, delaying the firefight, Sandstrom said.

"We had to wait for those to get shut off," he said.

The home's old-fashioned construction also made it difficult to put out the flames, Sandstrom added. Firefighters left the house briefly and had to fight the fire from a defensive stance, he said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Friday evening, according to Sandstrom.

Firefighters from South Salt Lake and Salt Lake City assisted the Unified Fire Authority in the incident.