Displaced residents return to scene of fatal Centerville condo fire
CENTERVILLE, Utah – Residents are returning home after being evacuated from a fire that killed a woman Wednesday night.
Officials say the woman was the only fatality, with the fire itself starting just after 7:45 p.m. at the Cedar Springs condominiums near 88 West 50 South.
Dana Boren, who lives a stone’s throw from where the fire started, said she was walking her dog outside when she saw an orange glow coming from the central unit in her building .
“I thought she put on decorations. So I got a little closer and realized it wasn’t a decoration,” she said.
Wasting no time, Boren grabbed a fire extinguisher before knocking on the doors of his apartment building to let everyone know there was a fire.
“Within thirty seconds that we found the fire, the windows started cracking and hissing like a teapot. Then they just popped,” Boren said. “So it’s surreal.”
Meanwhile, her husband was on the phone with 911. They managed to get everyone out of the building before firefighters arrived.
Melissa Wahlberg lives right next to where it happened, she was working when she received a call about the fire.
According to Wahlberg, his unit suffered extensive damage.
“Water damage, smoke, the smell is terrible, and the firefighters, I know they are doing their job, but I have two big holes in my ceiling,” she said.
Wahlberg and Boren say the woman who was killed in the fire lived in the unit for approximately more than a year.
“It’s really a shame, it’s damaged and it’s a life that was lost,” Wahlberg said.
According to Boren, it was an incident that could have been even worse.
“How bad would the fire have been before we saw it, or if we saw it, and if we went home and went to bed?” She says.
Wahlberg says she will stay with her family until her unit is repaired, Boren herself doesn’t know how long her family will be moved.
The fire is still under investigation, the name of the victim will also not be released at this time.