Good Neighbor Spotlight: Attentive Neighbors Spot Smoke, Call 9-1-1, and Help Family to Evacuate

ATTENTION: News Desk / Assignment Editors

MEDIA HOTLINE: 801-550-0121

INCIDENT TYPE: Residential Fire

LOCATION: 1019 W Pierpont Ave.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, around 10:15 a.m., the Salt Lake City Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1019 W. Pierpont Ave.

Neighbors called 911 and reported smoke coming from the home, then they went next door to alert their neighbors living in the home, who were unaware of the flames.

When firefighters arrived, occupants of the home had already self-evacuated, thanks to attentive neighbors.

The fire appears to have started in the attic, along the roofline of the home. The damage is estimated to be around $30,000.

The family who evacuated the home, immediately went to another location while the fire was being extinguished. None of the family was injured. However, one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion, was treated on scene and released.

“This is a great example of what to do,” said Salt Lake City Public Information Officer Audra Sorensen. “Neighbors were attentive and thoughtful, the family got out immediately.”

Sorensen said Fire Prevention Week is coming up in October, and the theme is “GET OUT,” to educated families to have an evacuation and emergency plan, and to operate just as the families did in this incident. Salt Lake City Fire Department will be hosting week-long activities to help residents prevent and prepare for fires.

Sorensen added, “We can’t always prevent a fire, but we can get out of one.”

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Photo, courtesy of Sean Moody, KSL

CAUSE: Under Investigation

ORIGIN: Attic

FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED: 32

NUMBER OF ALARMS: 2

RESPONSE TIME: four minutes; fire under control in one hour

INJURIES: One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion, was treated on scene and released.

DAMAGE: Damage primarily to the roof and attic.

DOLLAR LOSS: Estimated $30,000