House Fire Update

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Plumes of black smoke rose on the west side of Highway 87, north of West Forest Drive Tuesday afternoon as a fire destroyed a Payson home.

In a matter of minutes, only the charred foundation of a home and a car frame stood standing.

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"It was completely gutted," said Fire Chief Marty DeMasi. "It is all going to the dump."

The fire, at 100 W. Chateau Circle, started around 12:40 p.m., DeMasi said. It took 20 firefighters roughly 20 minutes to get the fire under control.

Kim Chittick, who lives to the east of the home, called 911 after hearing multiple popping sounds coming from her neighbor's yard.

"I was doing housework and I heard a popping sound. I looked out the side window and heard another pop noise." Chittick said. "I saw flames coming from the car port area. It started right in front of her van."

For the complete story, see Friday's Roundup.

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