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4 alarm fire forces residents out in the cold

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – A four alarm fire forced more than 50 people out of their homes in the chilly morning hours.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – A four alarm fire forced more than 50 people out of their homes in the chilly morning hours.

"My wife wakes me up and the roof is entirely engulfed in an adjacent building across from our window," said resident, Fizzy Form.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department responded to the Hillcrest Apartments on 1st Avenue just before 4 AM Saturday morning.

"They found the fire in a two to three foot area in between the ceiling and roof up on the fourth floor," said Jasen Asay, with the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

The blaze had potential to spread quickly, so the fire department didn't take any chances, responding with about 60 crew members.

"We wanted to make sure we had the resources here that we needed in order to limit the damage and quickly get control of the fire. Fortunately, that's what we were able to do," said Asay.

The fire was limited to three apartments, but several other nearby units suffered smoke and water damage.

"We had a lot of people self evacuate, we were able to get a lot of people out as well, no injuries," said Asay.

No injuries, but also no where to turn for those forced out in the cold. That's why the Red Cross set up a temporary evacuation center at a nearby LDS church.

It serves as a reminder that fire can happen anywhere, at anytime.

"Check those smoke alarms, make sure you have two evacuation routes out of your home or apartment and out of your neighborhood. Also, keep that 72 hour kit stocked up and ready to go," said Teresa Zundel, with the Red Cross.

The fire department says most residents were allowed back in, but about 12 to 15 apartments remain evacuated.

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