Murray rocked by two fires in two hours

Murray rocked by two fires in two hours. (Photo: Morgan Saxton / KUTV)

(KUTV) The city of Murray, Utah endured two house fires in two hours, early Friday morning.

The first fire was reported at 4:26 a.m.

According to Murray Assistant Fire Chief Mike Dykman, the house is old, with newer additions to the roof. This made firefighting more difficult for fire crews.

The fire did "significant" damage to the house, but there is currently no estimate on the cost of damages.

Authorities believe the fire was accidental.

The homeowner is the sole occupant, and according to Dykman, was doing a woodworking project on the back porch before the fire started. That, combined with a possible electrical malfunction, may have contributed to the fire starting.

However, the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. The homeowner was able to get out safely.

A second fire was reported a little more than two hours later, at an abandoned house at 75 W. Woodrow Street.

According to Dykman, transients frequent the abandoned homes in this area. Authorities are therefore investigating transients as a possible cause for the blaze.

The second fire was deemed unrelated to the first.

Minimal damage was done to the abandoned house.

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