WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Two homes go up in flames at the exact same time in separate neighborhoods in the Salt Lake Valley. It's forcing two families to find a new place stay.
Cell phone video captured smoke and flames as fire destroyed a home Tuesday in West Valley City.
"We got scared it was a big fire," said Isabel Casas, witness.
Firefighters tried to save as much as possible. When they arrived on scene near 6400 W and 4300 S. they say the fire had already destroyed a large portion of the home.
"Unfortunately the fire spread throughout most of the upstairs and as you can see it gutted through the roof here," said Bob Fitzgerald, West Valley City Fire Marshall.
"It was just pouring out," Janel Hill, witness.
Neighbor Janel Hill saw the whole thing from her backyard. She saw how the flames began to melt the vinyl siding of the house next door, and thought her home might be next.
"We just built this home, we haven't even been here a year yet," said Hill.
That possibility did become a reality for a family in Riverton, their house was going up in flames in a very similar way at exactly the same time.
"The fire had made its way into the attic space of the house and collapsed the roof of the house," said Capt. Clint Meacham, Unified Fire Authority.
Although no was was hurt in either fire, the Red Cross is being sent to help families now find a place to stay. If not for an alarm system in the West Valley fire, the Fire Marshall tells Reporter Brian Carlson that family may not have had a house to come home to.
"It's a sign of an alarm company working, if that hadn't have happened and the homeowner, wasn't notified this fire would've been a complete loss," said Fitzgerald.
Right now it's unclear where the family here in West Valley plans to stay tonight. But we know the family in Riverton has 11 children. So whether the Red Cross finds them a place to sleep, or they stay with family or friends, they're going to need a lot of help tonight.
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