Firefighters spent 45 minutes Monday extinguishing a blaze in a Kearns home.

The fire started about 3:05 a.m. in the basement and spread to a bedroom, Salt Lake County Fire Capt. Bill Brass said. Firefighters had a hard time putting out the fire because it was at the rear of the house and they initially didn't have a water hose long enough.Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies had been at the house, 5174 W. Menzel Ct. (6175 South) two days earlier investigating a report that a methamphetamines lab was in operation, Brass said. Firefighters didn't find a lab but took extra precautions in fighting the fire Monday because of the possibility that toxic chemicals might be in the home.

Damage to the home was estimated at $60,000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said. It appears the fire started in a laundry room area in the basement that was piled with clothes, Brass said.