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Update March 29, 2023
Spanish Fork Police and Fire have been sifting through burned debris all day and around 15:45 hours today they located remains of what is believed to be the owner of the home. The Utah State Medical Examiner has been notified and will work to positively identify the victim of the house fire.
Media can contact Lt. Cory Slaymaker at 801-361-6599
March 28, 2023
Spanish Fork Twinhome a Total Loss After Fully Engaged Fire
Spanish Fork, UT — Around 6:36 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28, Spanish Fork Fire & EMS was dispatched to a residential fire at a twin home at 1239 S 2970 E.
Arriving crews found one of the twin home units fully engulfed in flames and were able to clear occupants from the adjoining home.
Because of the involvement of the fire, crews were not able to enter the engulfed home. As firefighting operations continued and the fire breached the roof, the first and second floors of the building collapsed. A single elderly woman lived in the engulfed home and is still unaccounted for at this time.
The fire is 100% contained but crews are still finding and extinguishing hot spots in the basement. Spanish Fork street crews are assisting in moving debris in search of the unaccounted-for individual. Because of the potential of finding a victim, much of the debris removal is being conducted by hand and may take hours.
Spanish Fork Fire & EMS was assisted by Mapleton, Payson, and Salem as well as Spanish Fork Police, Spanish Fork Power & Light, Central Utah 911, and Dominion Energy.
The cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation will be forthcoming with help from Santaquin City, Payson City, ATF, and Unified Fire Authority. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.
One Spanish Fork firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion on scene and was later released to return to work.