A fast-moving blaze destroyed a Stansbury Park home Tuesday morning but spared its residents.
A little after 9 a.m., residents at 205 Lakeview noticed smoke in the house, and left the building, said Ryan Willden, public information officer for the North Tooele County Fire District. Fire crews arrived minutes after being dispatched at 9:18 a.m., he said.
“They immediately noticed black smoke coming from the attic, so they knew the attic was involved,” he said.
Willden said crews, from both NTCFD and the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department, tried to battle the fire from inside the house with hopes to save the structure, but the flames were too intense and forced them to attack it defensively from the outside.
Crews also worked to keep surrounding homes safe, Willden said, though no neighboring structures were ever considered to be threatened by the fire.
However, firefighting efforts were hampered by a loss in water pressure.
“[Losing water pressure] is not uncommon in Tooele County,” Willden said. “It was probably due to us hooking up so many hoses at once.”
The house is likely a total loss, he added, and damages are roughly estimated at $350,000. Its four occupants and the family dog were able to escape safely.
Willden said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but did note that candles were burning in a bathroom at the time of the blaze. The conditions of the attic allowed the fire to grow quickly, he said.
“There’s 2x4s, there’s insulation — obviously these make the fire grow hotter, faster,” he said. “It’s also an enclosed space, which allows it to grow very quickly.”
Despite the considerable loss of property, Willden said the fire fortunately did not threaten any lives.
“We’re just happy everybody made it out,” he said.