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Firefighters douse blaze at home in West Jordan

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Posted at 5:05 PM, Nov 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-20 19:05:40-05

WEST JORDAN, Utah -- There were some tense moments Friday morning for West Jordan firefighters responding to a house fire when the people living there were nowhere to be found.

But, thanks to alert neighbors, crews got a handle on the flames and were able to find the homeowners.

The first 911 was made just after 5:30 a.m. Friday. Fire crews were on scene within minutes and quickly knocked down the flames, then they went searching for the residents.

“We did a rapid primary search, not knowing if there was any occupants,” said Capt. Ken Pratt of the West Jordan Fire Department. “We found the house was all clear of occupants."

The homeowners had apparently already left for the day but were later located and are now working with investigators as they try to determine how the fire started.

The blaze was contained mainly to the garage, and damage estimates are between $30,000 and $40,000.

The fire happened near 7900 South 3400 West, not far from Columbia Elementary, but officials say there was never any danger of this fire spreading.

“We’re pretty secure in how we fight these kind of fires, this was not a big fire, and it was contained pretty well into the house," Pratt said.