TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — (KUTV) An early morning fire Friday displaced more than a dozen families at the Thornhill Apartments in Taylorsville.
Dispatchers got a call reporting the fire near 5600 S. Redwood Rd. from a nearby driver who spotted the massive flames coming from the roof of the apartments.
That driver, according to fire officials, then began knocking on apartment doors to warn residents.
Twenty-five families made it out of the apartment building safely, around 3:00 a.m., as Unified Fire crews began dousing the flames.
"Essentially burned the roof of the top of the building and destroyed the second floor, so we're calling the building a total loss at this point," Unified Fire spokesperson Stephen Higgs said.
More than 20 units were destroyed and the Red Cross is assisting the families.
"Especially in those early morning hours people sleeping in their apartments, it's a good thing we got everybody out and accounted for," Higgs said.