TAYLORSVILLE — A two-alarm fire forced the evacuation of an assisted living center Monday evening.

No one was injured in the fire that started just after 6 p.m. at Legacy House of Taylorsville, 3235 W. 5400 South. Employees from neighboring businesses helped evacuate more than 70 residents from the center.

Unified Fire Authority Capt. Cliff Burningham said the fire likely started in the attic above the center's dining room. Most of the damage was contained in that area.

"Anytime a fire is burning in the hidden spaces of a building … it takes a lot of work to uncover that fire, get to where it's burning and get everything extinguished," Burningham said.

Residents were temporarily moved to partner facilities because of smoke damage.

Kimberly Hendry was visiting her 98-year-old grandfather at the center when she was told to evacuate the building.

"We thought maybe the little kids set off the alarm, but that wasn't the case," Hendry said. "When we got out, we saw all of the smoke, the fire trucks and ambulances."

Investigators were still looking into the cause of the fire Monday. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

"Structurally, the building is in good shape," Burningham said.

Jared Page