A West Valley firefighter suffered second-degree burns on his hands and neck Sunday afternoon when he was trapped in the upper level of a burning home at 4544 S. 3245 West.

Capt. Bruce Myler became separated from the rest of his crew just as the fire on the main floor "broke loose" and raced upward, said Battalion Chief Moose Barkdull.The rapidly advancing flames blocked Myler's retreat, but other firefighters soon managed to reach him, Barkdull said. Myler was taken to Pioneer Valley Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Barkdull said no one was home when the fire started at about 4 p.m., but neighbors noticed heavy smoke coming from the house and notified the fire department.