Couple, Four Dogs Escape House Fire Uninjured

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A couple and their four dogs escaped uninjured from a Sunday morning house fire.

The fire broke out about 3 a.m. on the back porch of a home in the 600 block of North Snead Drive, off West Airport Road.

The homeowners were sleeping when something woke them up. The man told firefighters he looked outside and saw a light. He went outside and found the covered porch on fire. He tried to put it out with an extinguisher, but the flames drove him back inside, according to Payson Fire Department officials.

The couple got their four dogs and left through the front of the house.

A Payson firefighter said it is lucky the man woke up since the fire started outside and was making its way through the attic. This meant the smoke alarms in the home had not gone off.

It is unknown how the fire started, but firefighters said it started on the back porch, which the homeowner had converted to an outdoor kitchen with appliances.

The fire made its way up the porch, under the eaves and into the attic, where it spread.

Firefighters had a difficult time getting the fire under control and it took them roughly two hours.

While the home appeared undamaged from the front, the roof in the rear had collapsed. Damages are estimated at $150,000.

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