SLC fire crews battle heat while preventing fire from spreading to foothills

Jul 24, 2023, 10:07 PM | Updated: Jul 25, 2023, 5:45 am

SALT LAKE CITY — A family has been displaced after crews responded to a two-alarm blaze Monday afternoon in the foothills area of Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City Fire Department Division Chief Dan Walker said the house fire on Devonshire Drive was reported by a passerby who saw the smoke. He said SLC Fire called additional units before the first truck even arrived.

“They saw all the smoke. They called a second alarm at that point before they ever even arrived to have additional crews responding,” Walker said. “That puts us almost about 40 firefighters here that put this out.”

He said the fire appeared to start in the garage, and no one was at home at the time. Because the house sits right on the edge of the Foothills, they became concerned it would turn into a wildland fire.

“We had a huge risk of it going into the interface up the hillside,” Walker said.

A Salt Lake City firefighter cooling off from the natural heat and the heat from the house fire. (KSL TV)

They also had to closely monitor crews to ensure they weren’t cooking in their heavy gear in the 90-degree temperatures.

“It’s like being in a thermal oven,” Walker said. “You put all that insulation on, just like we’re in an oven mitt, to keep from getting burned.”

Because of that second alarm, they had enough firefighters to take turns with water and shade breaks.

“As soon as an air bottle gets low or gets too hot, crews can rotate out,” Walker explained.

They worked quickly to stop the fire from making it too far into the home and had it knocked down in about 30 minutes. It stayed away from the hillside while firefighters stayed away from heat exhaustion.

“Fortunately, they were able to save a good portion of the home, the majority of it,” Walker said.

Still, the fire department said the family is currently displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News


Eliza Pace

Convicted serial killer charged with murder of Utah woman in 1998

A man, who is a convicted serial killer, has been charged with aggravated murder for the death of a woman in 1998.

1 hour ago

FILE - A person donates blood to the American Red Cross during a blood drive in Pottsville, Pa. on ...

Eliza Pace

Woods Cross Youth City Council holds blood drive to support teen with heart transplant

The Woods Cross Youth City Council is rallying to support a fellow council member who is recovering from a heart transplant.

2 hours ago

Reagan Shiffler was critically injured after being hit by a car at a Spanish Fork intersection and ...

Garna Mejia

‘Reagan’s miracle’: Spanish Fork teen taken off life support, becomes organ donor

The family of Spanish Fork teen Reagan Shiffler, who died on Monday, is speaking out.

2 hours ago

Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue has a new tool to save lives out on the lake this su...

Lauren Steinbrecher

Utah County search and rescue boat is team’s newest lifesaving tool

Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue has a new tool to save lives out on Utah Lake this summer.

3 hours ago

A red Hyundai sits damaged in a West Valley City street after a 3-car crash on June 13, 2024. (West...

Josh Ellis

Police: 18-year-old in custody after allegedly fleeing hit-and-run, causing 3-car crash

An 18-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after police say she hit two people with her car before fleeing the scene and causing a three-car crash.

5 hours ago

Matt Gephardt speaking to Thelissa Mead about Hyundai not responding to her claims and getting her ...

Matt Gephardt

Get Gephardt helps Utah Hyundai owner seeking reimbursement for overestimated fuel economy

A major automaker was accused of saying their cars get better mileage than they really do, And they promised to pay their customers back. But when one Utah customer wasn't, she decided to Get Gephardt.

14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

SLC fire crews battle heat while preventing fire from spreading to foothills