OREM — A large fire displaced a family of eight Thursday morning.

Police said a family dog that was originally reported to have died in the fire, was actually still alive as of 10:30 a.m. and being treated at a vet clinic.

Four adults and four children, the youngest just 3 years old, were able to get out of the burning house, 973 S. 190 West, just after 6 a.m. One man suffered minor burns on his arm while trying to fight the fire in the room where it was believed to have started, said Orem Police Sgt. Craig Martinez.

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Investigators believe an unattended candle started the blaze, he said.

Four agencies — including 20 firefighters — responded to the fire. Initially, crews were able to make an offensive attack inside the house. But the heat and flames quickly became too much.

"It was overwhelming. It got a little too dangerous," Martinez said.

Firefighters were forced to retreat and battle the fire in a defensive mode from the outside.

The home is considered a total loss. The Red Cross was helping the family find temporary shelter.

Pat Reavy

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