Deadly fire in Salt Lake City kills one person

A house fire on Thursday in Salt Lake City killed one person.

Salt Lake City Fire Department responded to a fire report at 323 E. Williams Avenue, on Thursday afternoon, around 2.30 p.m.

Chairperson of Salt Lake City FD Chad Jepperson reported firefighters saw heavy smoke and flames coming from inside the house.

Jepperson said about 35 firefighters battled the blaze, made an aggressive effort to contain the fire to one single structure, and put it out.

After the firefighters put out the fire, officials found one deceased person inside.

The city’s fire department said no other person was found inside the house. The authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire and how many other people live there.

At the time, there is no further information about the victim’s identity.

Deadly fire ‘hits close to home’

Erin Sanders, a neighbor who lives around the burning house, said the fire was a complete shock. To her knowledge, no fires had ever happened in the neighborhood.

Sanders has lived there for almost a year and said she had never seen such a terrible incident before.

“It hits really close to home,“ Sanders said. “I’ve been living here for almost a year now and I’ve always felt really safe being here. Not seeing anything like this in the neighborhood, everyone is really friendly.”

Heidi Ruster, CEO of the American Red Cross for Utah and Nevada Regional, said there were ways to help mitigate the chances of a fire breaking out.

“If there is a challenge with power in electricity in your home, get it checked out,” Ruster said. “It’s not something to put off because it could be very dangerous.”

Ruster added that the American Red Cross could install smoke detectors for free in your home, help you make evacuation plans, and identify the areas where people should escape in case of a fire.