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House fire leaves parents fearing the worst when son was not accounted for

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) - An early morning fire in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City gave a family quite a scare. The couple thought their son was trapped inside the home when the fire started.

At 4:30 a.m. Salt Lake City Firefighters were dispatched to 1936 South 1300 East after the homeowners called 911 to report the smell of smoke coming from their basement. Twenty-four firefighters rushed to the scene, because the callers feared that their 21-year-old son may have been trapped inside.

Crews made their way into the home and quickly put out the flames. Firefighters worked with the couple to find their son, but could not find him. Investigators told News4Utah that the 21-year-old was not home when the fire started.

Audra Sorensen, the Public Information Officer for Salt Lake City Fire, says the parents did the right thing.

"I don't ever think you can freak out in a fire. If you smell smoke you should evacuate yourself, and that's exactly what they did. They were very smart. They called 911, they evacuated quickly, and they gave us all the detail that we might need to know to do a rescue if it was necessary," said Sorensen.

The cause of the fire, as well as the cost of damage, is still under investigation.

The 1300 East roadway between Westminster and 1700 South was closed to traffic for several hours while crews worked to clean up the area.

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