Firefighters battle flames, cold in Magna blaze

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Fire investigators are still looking for the cause of a fire that burned part of a Magna house and an all-terrain vehicle located in the back early Monday morning.

United Fire Authority Capt. Clint Mecham said the ATV, which was underneath an awning attached to the back of the home, helped fuel the fire, which raged until smoke and flames could be seen from the front of the house. But it is was still unclear Monday afternoon what caused the blaze in the first place.

The family inside the house, located near 3100 South on Elmer Drive (8070 West), was able to escape unharmed after smoke detectors woke them up at about 2 a.m.

Mecham said firefighters put out the blaze in about 15 minutes, but the frigid conditions made their job a little harder than usual. With temperatures below zero, water from the firefighters' hoses was freezing soon after hitting the ground, making for slick roads in the house's vicinity, Mecham said.

There was no immediate estimate on the damage to the house, which sustained smoke, as well as fire and water damage. The ATV also was damaged beyond repair.

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