Two children trapped, rescued from duplex fire in West Valley

Structure fire extinguished in West Valley. (Photo: Mike Sadowski / KUTV)

(KUTV) — A duplex fire was extinguished in West Valley City on Tuesday morning at 5924 W. Ali Circle.

"We had black, heavy smoke coming out of the bedroom," said Jeff Fox, Battalion Chief of West Valley City Fire Deparment said.

According to Fox, two children were still trapped inside when fire crews responded. By this time the mother had escaped, Fox said.

Fire crews entered the house and rescued the children, a 16-year-old girl in a wheelchair and a 7-year-old boy.

The children were affected by smoke inhalation, but are otherwise fine. They were not taken to a hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The origin is believed to be a bedroom (not the same bedroom as where the children were trapped).

"It pretty much gutted the whole bedroom," Fox said. "It did extend a little bit into the family room, but did a lot of smoke damage."

The house is "definitely not livable," Fox said, but The American Red Cross is working with the family to help them find somewhere to live.

2News will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.