Two houses burn and send smoke across Salt Lake City

Plumes of dark smoke rose above Salt Lake City just west of Interstate 15 on Monday afternoon as firefighters worked to extinguish fire burning two houses and causing hundreds of dollars in damage.

No one was injured from the fire, which ignited near 150 S. 900 West about 2:45 p.m., said Salt Lake City Fire Department spokeswoman Audra Sorensen

Witnesses said the fire began in the house to the north. Its sole resident said he heard a series of explosions coming from the rear of the home.

Virna Martinez, whose family owns a restaurant on the same block, said the flames began in the northern house, nicknamed "the hoarder home because there’s so much stuff between" it and the neighboring house.

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