Family of seven escapes house fire in Francis |

Family of seven escapes house fire in Francis

A South Summit family of seven narrowly escaped a fire that destroyed their home early Sunday evening.

Casey Vorwaller, Park City Fire District’s public information officer, said the home is a "total loss" and he described the fire as "one of the worst" he’s seen.

"In the 10 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve never seen anything like it," Vorwaller said. "It completely destroyed the house. It’s horrible especially because it’s right before Christmas."

At around 5 p.m. Sunday, nearly 30 firefighters from the Park City and South Summit Fire Districts responded to the home after the family reported hearing "popping sounds" coming from the attic.

"The family heard it and then someone said, ‘you have flames coming out of your roof,’" Vorwaller said.

The fire quickly engulfed the 6,000-square-foot residence located in the Wild Willow Subdivision, in Francis. Vorwaller estimated the home to be worth nearly half a million dollars.

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Two nearby houses, one within less than 30 feet, were evacuated. No other structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. However, preliminary evidence suggests a chimney fire, Vorwaller said.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family. Visit to donate.