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2 people, dog die in Salt Lake City RV fire

Posted at 8:00 AM, Dec 29, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — Two people and a dog died in an RV fire Wednesday morning in Salt Lake City, officials confirm.

Crews arrived quickly on the scene at 200 South, right below the Redwood Road overpass, but they were too late.

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Map shows the location of a deadly RV fire in Salt Lake City on Wednesday Dec. 29 2021.

The front of the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames and the smoke could be seen for miles.

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Deadly RV fire in Salt Lake City. Wednesday Dec. 29 2021.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department said at least one of the two victims died as a result of smoke inhalation.

A third person who was living in the RV managed to escape alive.

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The aftermath of a deadly RV fire in Salt Lake City. Wednesday Dec. 29 2021.

The RV was parked in an area with several homeless camps. Fire investigators are working to find out exactly what started the blaze but they believe, at this point, it was likely from an "alternative heating source."

Pictures shared with FOX 13 from Jess Bennion, who works at a business right next-door, show the flames in the early morning.

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A deadly RV fire in Salt Lake City. Wednesday Dec. 29 2021.

It seems pretty obvious there was some people inside there," said Captain Tony Stowe with the Salt Lake City Fire Department. Upon our search and extinguishment of that fire we did find two bodies and one person was able to escape, narrowly.”

Temperatures overnight dipped down into the teens. Jess Bennion says this stretch of 200 South is a popular location for encampments by those who are unsheltered.