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Two officers treated for smoke inhalation after Sandy fire

Jul 8, 2020, 2:54 PM | Updated: 2:55 pm

SANDY, Utah — Two police officers had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a quick-moving brush fire damaged six property fences in Sandy. 

One woman, who opted not to give her name, told KSL-TV the flames got extremely close to her home near 10100 S. in Sandy. 

“My father-in-law came home early from work,” she said. “He hooked up the hose and he met the fire at the foundation of the house.”

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Crews responded Tuesday night to a brush fire that damaged fences near 10100 S. in Sandy. Photo: KSL TV

While professional firefighters soon joined the fight, she believes her father-in-law’s quick action saved her home. 

“You should always be prepared to leave your house at a moment’s notice,” she added. “It was under three minutes and we had to get out.” 

Sandy City Fire Department Deputy Chief Ryan McConaghie said it serves as a reminder about how quickly fire can spread in hot, dry conditions. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though they had not ruled out fireworks as a possibility. 

Sandy fire officials estimated the total amount of damages to six wood and vinyl fences at $6,000 to $8,000. They did not have an update on the conditions of the police officers. 

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