Families in Roy evacuate after massive condo fire

ROY, UTAH (ABC 4 UTAH) - Smoke and flames could be seen from the rooftop of the Kentwood Estates Condominiums Wednesday morning causing six families to find another place to sleep.

"The flames were just huge, I heard a big explosion, grabbed the dogs and I ran out,” said Sara Moss who was told to evacuate by a concerned neighbor.

“I heard what I thought was rain, but turns out it was crackling from the fire, but we heard someone yell call 911and some lady just screaming,” said Trevor Henderson who was also evacuated along with his wife and two small girls.  

Roy firefighters say the blaze started around 8 a.m. at 2775 West and 5500 South. Firefighters are investigating what exactly sparked the fire, but Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Comeau says the fire started on the back side of the complex and spread rapidly from the second level to the third level, the attic and the rest of the complex.

"We have six units damaged in one way or another whether from direct fire, smoke or water damage, each of those units is probably from $80,000 a piece and that's a rough estimate, but they are all displaced. So, they won’t be able to live in any of them until we get it fixed,” said Chief Comeau.

Red Cross is assisting those families who are requiring help by providing food, clothes and a warm place to stay.

Witnesses and residents say they could see smoke billowing out of the doors of the condos and the condo with the most damage is a family of four with two young kids that were luckily not home at the time. Now residents, still shook up by the experience are thankful to have made it out safely

“I’m still shaking, it was scary. I've never seen anything like it in my life,” said Moss.

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