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15 people safely escape overnight house fire in Taylorsville

Overnight Taylorsville House Fire
Posted at 8:52 AM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 00:09:56-04

Six adults and nine children are safe after a house fire in Taylorsville early Saturday morning.

Unified Fire responded to the blaze at 3382 West Royalwood Drive around 1:00 a.m.

Initial reports said there were multiple people trapped inside the home, but upon arrival, crews saw the residents were self-extricating.

“That could’ve been a very detrimental fire given the amount of people,” Ryan Love with Unified Fire Authority said. "Luckily, no one was severely injured last night."

As a precaution, two people were transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation.

“All of a sudden, I hear all these people screaming and yelling outside,” Jesus Medina told FOX13.

Medina lives across the street. When he saw smoke and flames, he jumped into action, waking up some of the surrounding houses to gather things and get out in case the flames spread to their homes.

“I knocked on the door, knocked on the window, and they were still asleep," he said. "When they woke up, I opened the door and I said, 'You guys need to get out.'”

The fire was extinguished quickly and appeared to be accidental in nature, but the exact cause is still under investigation.