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Body found in burning house in Midvale; foul play not suspected

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Posted at 10:46 AM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 21:17:36-04

MIDVALE, Utah -- Crews responding to a house fire in Midvale Sunday morning put out the blaze, but they discovered a dead person inside the home afterward.

At about 8:02 a.m., a neighbor called about the fire at 1030 E. 7260 South. After the flames were put out, firefighters found a body inside the home.

"We put the fire out, but upon entry they did encounter a body," Unified Fire Authority Capt. Dan Brown said.

The body was too badly burned to be identified, and authorities aren't certain of the deceased's gender at this point. A DNA test or other measure may be required to obtain a positive identification.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Brown said there is no reason to believe there is foul play. The fire began on the left side of the home, and crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze.

There were no utilities to the home, which authorities said was supposed to be vacant. Neighbor Greg Hale said it's disconcerting to learn someone may have been in the home without permission.

"Yeah, it's a little unnerving: This is a safe neighborhood," he said. "You have a lot of great people here that live on our street. It's a little unsettling that you're finding things that aren't supposed to be there."

Murray and Sandy Fire Departments also assisted in putting out the fire.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.