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Two alarm fire damages homes and sheds in Kearns

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 19:46:26-04

KEARNS, Utah -- A fire damaged homes and sheds in Kearns Friday afternoon.

Unified Fire Authority was called to the fire in the area of 4100 South and 5800 West in Kearns around 3:30 p.m.

It was first dispatched as a vehicle fire, but when more calls reported a house on fire, the fire was quickly upgraded to two alarms.

Within minutes, 55 firefighters were on scene and quickly knocked down the fire.

Still, the fast moving fire destroyed several sheds, burned several yards, and burned the exteriors of two homes.

Gina Person was at work when she heard about the fire in her Kearns neighborhood.

She also has a cabin in the area of the Dollar Ridge Fire and is afraid it has burned down.

"It's very stressful, It's very sickening," Person said. "You get that knot in your stomach that both of your homes are burning up."

UFA spokesman Taylor Sandstrom says he believes the fire didn't start in a car, but in a field of grass, but the investigation is ongoing to determine what sparked it.

Firefighters from West Jordan, South Jordan, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake joined UFA.

A second alarm is often called when temperatures are so hot that extra manpower will allow for shorter work shifts.