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Orem family loses home in fire

OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A family in Orem is out of a home after a fire destroyed it earlier Thursday morning.
OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A family in Orem is out of a home after a fire destroyed it earlier Thursday morning.

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t happened just before 6 am at 973 South 190 West. The cause is under investigation, but a family member believes an unattended candle may be to blame.

A family of eight, two parents and their six children lived in the home which was built in the 1940’s.

Jacob Bushman, one of the adult children was one of the first to see the fire. ”There's fire in the back of the house, behind the bed and it was just climbing up the wall,” he said. “I thought it wasn't a big fire at first, and I thought we could handle it.”

But the flames quickly spread, so Bushman called 911.  The flames were so intense, fire crews eventually had to give up on trying to contain them.

“At some point, you got to say it's too dangerous the roof is going to collapse,” said Craig Martinez, Orem Public Safety spokesman. “We pulled our guys off the roof and then just told everybody to get out.”

Fortunately everybody made it out okay including the youngest, a three year-old boy with health issues. “He's got a tube that runs from his skull to his stomach right now,” said Bushman.

The family couldn't find their dog. Initially crews said the pet died in the fire, but eventually the dog was found alive and taken to the vet.

The Red Cross is helping the family.

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