Modern homes are burning faster, and this is why

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Nowadays, fewer homes catch fire than in the past. However, when they do, they burn hotter, faster and more dangerously than ever before. Modern structure fires burn eight times faster than fires in the past few decades.

Brady George, Battalion Chief for Salt Lake City Fire Department says, "What we’re finding is not so much that the fire itself has changed, it’s still the same complex chemical reaction, but the environment has changed significantly."

George continues to explain that the size of an average home has increased about 56% since the 1970s. In addition to that, there have been major changes to the way modern homes are constructed. In fact, George adds that the construction of two story homes has increased 142% in the last few decades, and open concept floor-plans have also seen a major spike in popularity.

“This creates an environment inside where the fire has much more space to grow," he explains.

The size and layout of homes are not the only factors. One of the largest components to the spread of modern fires is the fuel that now exists inside our homes.

“We’ve transitioned away from primarily organic materials, meaning wood, cotton, wool, furs, to much more synthetic or man-made materials," George says, “…These modern fuels have two to three times the amount of energy as their legacy counterparts.”

During a study by Underwriter Laboratories, two rooms were set ablaze and compared in a controlled setting. One is an environment filled with natural materials, like cotton and wood. The other shows an environment made primarily from synthetic materials. It takes three minutes and forty seconds for the room made of synthetic materials to become completely engulfed in flames — this is called flashover. The room made of natural materials, on the other hand, takes nearly 30 minutes for flashover to occur.

So why do we have these synthetic materials in our homes? Well, they’re much less costly than natural materials.

Battalion Chief Brady George has some tips to protect all of us from these modern fire hazards. The first is to always make sure you close the doors inside your home. Another tip is to make sure your smoke detectors are working and tested twice a year. To learn more about that, click here.

George adds, “Another, perhaps less palatable option, is to simply put less stuff in your home."

According to underwriters laboratories, we had about 17 minutes to escape after a smoke alarm went off in the past. Today, they say that time has dropped down to three to four minutes. To learn more about the close your door movement, click here.

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Shelter funding plan stripped of fee on cities lacking affordable housing

SALT LAKE CITY — After some final-hour negotiations, a bill that would have required cities lacking affordable housing to help pay for homeless shelters in other cities was drastically altered on the Senate floor Wednesday and got final approval from the House.

But it still accomplishes the same goal: funding half of the three new homeless resource centers’ annual operation costs. The bill now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for consideration.

Before it was substituted, HB462 would have fined Utah cities and counties having less than a statewide average of affordable housing to help pay for the operations and maintenance of new homeless resource centers.

But it was changed Wednesday on the Senate floor to simply allocate $6.6 million from the state’s general fund, stripping from the bill the formula to pull sales tax dollars from cities based on population size and affordable housing stock. The House later Wednesday concurred with that change.

Initially, HB462 would have allocated $3.3 million a year in state money and capture another $3.3 million a year in sales tax revenue from cities and counties to help pay for ongoing operating costs of the three new homeless resource centers, estimated to be about $13 million a year. The nonprofit in charge of the facilities, Shelter the Homeless, would be required to fundraise for the rest.

Cities that currently host or are slated to host shelters — Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Midvale, Ogden and St. George — would have been exempt.

That form of the bill was meant to incentivize cities to contribute to affordable and low-income housing stock to prevent Utahns from becoming homeless, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, has said.

Senate co-sponsor Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said changes were made to address concerns with the bill.

"This is the compromise that has been struck," Weiler said.

Representatives from the Utah League of Cities and Towns opposed HB462, worried it would unfairly punish cities for a housing market failure and use city funds for privately run facilities.

"Cities should not have to pay for operation and maintenance of homeless resource centers or any type of nonprofit facilities, and we appreciate the Legislature recognizes that and changed HB462," said Cameron Diehl, the league’s executive director. "We also recognize cities have a part to play in addressing homelessness."

HB462 has been considered a must-pass bill among political heavyweights, including House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, who has called it "critical" to the efforts to reform the state’s homeless system.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has also said he’d pull his support of the South Salt Lake center, currently slated for groundbreaking this spring, if a bill to help mitigate costs and impact of the shelters doesn’t pass.

Meanwhile Wednesday, another bill meant to mitigate the impact of the homeless resource centers by using city sales tax money to help pay for police and fire needs for host cities awaited action on the House floor.

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Two apartments, one car riddled with bullet holes in South Salt Lake

Two apartments, one car filled with bullet holes in South Salt Lake. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — Two apartments and a car were riddled with bullet holes after an individual fired shots in South Salt Lake early Monday morning.

Police responded to reports of gunshots shortly before 2:30 a.m. at the South Park Apartments, located at 2235 S. 440 East.

Authorities found as many as 8 shell casings at the scene. No injuries were reported.

Police are working to identify the gunman.

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

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‘Waitress’ and ‘School of Rock’ among new Broadway shows coming to Salt Lake City — and ‘The Book of Mormon’ returns

(Courtesy photograph by Joan Marcus) Desi Oakley as Jenna in "Waitress."

Disney’s “Aladdin,” “Waitress,” “Come From Away,” “Finding Neverland” and “School of Rock” musicals are the new shows that will play on the next Broadway at the Eccles season, joined by the 20th-anniversary tour of “Rent.”

Also returning for third runs will be “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon.” Promoters announced Tuesday that another popular new, youth-oriented musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” will play Salt Lake City in the 2019-20 season.

(Courtesy photo) | The cast of "School of Rock."

Season ticket renewals will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, March 5, at or at 610 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Phone sales (at 801-355-5502) will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 7.

He underscored the variety of inventive and popular shows now touring. “We are thrilled to bring so many of them to the Eccles Theater this season.”

“Waitress” (Sept. 25-30) • The musical, with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, was adapted from Adrienne Shelly’s film (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival). It’s the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of finding a way out of her loveless marriage. The Broadway musical featured Southern Utah University graduate Keala Settle, who originated the role of Jenna’s sassy waitress friend, Becky.

“Come From Away” (Nov. 6-11) • This unlikely new musical tells the remarkable, true story of 7,000 stranded passengers welcomed by a small town in Newfoundland. By Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and directed by Tony-winning Christopher Ashley.

“Finding Neverland” (Dec. 4-9) • The story behind J.M. Barrie’s creation of Peter Pan, who was inspired by the make-believe adventures of four boys and their widowed mother.

Disney’s “Aladdin” (April 25-May 12, 2019) • A musical (by the producer of “The Lion King”) of a timeless story about a genie, a lamp and three wishes.

“School of Rock” (May 28-June 2, 2019) • The musical, featuring 14 songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, tells the story of a substitute teacher, a wannabe rock star, who turns his school class into young rockers.

“Rent” (June 25-30, 2019) • The 20th-anniversary tour of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical about seven struggling artists, in an adaptation of Puccini’s “La bohème.”

“Wicked” will play Jan. 30-March 3, and “The Book of Mormon” will play Aug. 13-25.

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Park City, UT Homes For Sale & Real Estate

Park City is full of shopping options, like sporting goods stores, fashion stores and art galleries, offering something that will appeal to every type of shopper. There are many , giving good options for every situation. With so many artsy venues such as cinemas, performing arts spots and music halls here, finding a fun, educational place to take your children is easy and you no longer have to settle for the movies or the mall. Some people love biking, riding hot air balloons and day camps, others prefer taking in nature during a leisurely drive, but whatever your preference, this area is full of options to keep you active. Your taste buds will never get bored in this city, with a multitude of excellent restaurants nearby offering food from around the world, such as Asian fusion, French and pizza.

In Park City, the this year, a small 4.9 percent drop from the year prior. At the same time, inventory decreased slightly year-over-year in this place by 2.2 percent, reaching a total of 619 homes on the market in this year. Knotty alder kitchen cabinets are a great addition to quite a few homes here and help add value to a property. A handful of homes around this city come with a pool and a hot tub – an extra special touch for your party guests and a wonderful place to relax after a hard day. Fireplaces give homes a special cozy feel, and some homes in Park City feature real fireplaces to keep the whole family warm all winter.

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Main Street America Program drives Salt Lake City economy

2/22/2018 – Last spring, Salt Lake City won the first ever Main Street America designation in Utah – and it was actually two districts.

The Granary District and State Street (from 6th S – 13th S). Main Street America is a national non-profit group started over 35 years ago with a proven track record of revitalizing business districts.

They have helped over 1,600 communities across the country bring economic vitality – creating over 580,000 jobs and started over 130,000 new businesses. It’s a community-led program. It focuses on preserving character, and driving economic results for business owners.

An initial survey of the business and residents on State Street was done and the results showed that the community would like to see more unique restaurant/culinary opportunities, more nightlife/entertainment options, and more residential living in and around the neighborhood.

The next step is a work plan using the "transformation strategies" to address the opportunities for the State Street community.

The first meeting for State Street will be led by the national Main Street America, along with SLCDED, and is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 27th from 9-11am at Ember SLC: 623 State Street. This is open to all business owners in the area. Dionne Baux, director of Urban Programs at Main Street America will be presenting.

Later that evening at 5:00 pm at the 600 Lofts, there is a residential community presentation. The City also has a designated staffed person 24/7 to help drive the program and make sure we take advantage of the full range of services offered with Main Street America.

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5 Korean restaurants to try in Northern Utah and Salt Lake

You probably don’t need an excuse to grab a plate (or two) of Korean barbecue, but celebrating the 2018 Winter Olympics is a one.

Whether you’ve had it before or are curious about trying traditional dishes like kimchi (a fermented cabbage with chili flakes, garlic, ginger and fish sauce), you don’t need to travel around halfway around the world to get an authentic Korean meal.

Here are five restaurants in Northern Utah that will cure your craving for bulgogi.

Location: 333 Second St., Ogden

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sundays

Delicious, authentic and “absolutely incredible” are just some of the ways Yelp reviewers have described the food they’ve gotten Ogden’s Beebop Korean BBQ.

Some of the most popular appetizers include the Kimbop, similar to a sushi roll with cooked beef, cucumber, egg, carrots and yellow pickled radish wrapped in rice and seaweed; the seafood pancake, with squid, shrimp and assorted vegetables; and the spicy rice cake, with vegetables and red pepper paste.

For the meal, there’s the option of short ribs marinated in a sweet spicy sauce served on a sizzling platter; beef bulgogi, marinated with vegetables; or soups such as the soft tofu or kimchi.

Seoul Korean Best Teriyaki Restaurant

Location: 2625 N. Hill Field Road, Layton

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays

Need to grab lunch in Layton and want to try something new? Best Teriyaki is a favorite among those at Hill Air Force Base, according to reviews on TripAdvisor. The portions are big for a fair price and the service is good.

“My first Korean meal since my last trip to Korea in 2000. The portions are large and the food is good,” a reviewer wrote in 2016. “Many of the military workforce here have been to Korea and know how tasty their menu items are.”

Reviewers recommend trying the pork bulgogi, cucumber kimchi, and kimbop rolls.

Location: 1868 N. Hillfield Road, Suite 103, Layton

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday

Opened in 2006, this family-operated Layton business is home to both a Korean restaurant and market store featuring organic produce and imported goods.

“It can be so hard to find decent international food (from any country) in Utah, but this place is the real deal. Quirky interior, the place is run by a sweet Korean lady and her husband,” a Yelp reviewer wrote in 2017.

Other reviewers recommending trying the egg drop soup, beef bulgogi and fried dumplings, and praised the relatively cheap prices and service.

Location/hours: As a food truck, Cupbop’s location and hours in Northern Utah vary from day to day. To find out when the truck will make a stop in Ogden over lunch, visit the company’s Facebook page where it posts a schedule daily. Cupbop also has brick and mortar locations in Salt Lake and Utah counties.

If there’s anything better than Korean barbecue, it’s Korean barbecue in a cup. Visitors to the Cupbop food truck can choose from seven different “bops” with rice, noodles, veggies and meat. Cupbop also offers multiple spice levels to satisfy any foodie’s needs.

Location: 3353 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Readers picked Myung Ga as the second best Korean restaurant in the Salt Lake City Weekly Best of Utah 2017 contest. After you wolf down some stir-fried rice cakes or tempura covered rice, make sure to order a bowl of bingsu (Korean shaved ice) for dessert.

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BWW Review: HIR at Salt Lake Acting Company

The title of the Salt Lake Acting Company mainstage production needs explanation. It is HIR, which is also a newly devised third-person singular, gender-neutral personal pronoun for a man or woman transitioning to the opposite sex. It combines him and her.

Pronounce it as "here" — but it’s not to be confused with a nearby location, a running gag of the show. (Ze is to be used in place of he and she.)

Hir is also the preferred pronoun of the play’s protagonist, Max, who has been known as Maxine.

"Max!" yells Paige, hir’s mother. "Come out here and explain your gender ambiguity to your brother."

Isaac, Max’s brother, opens the door upon his return home after three years and is completely mystified: "This place is a fucking disaster."

To explain the premise of the four-character piece, Isaac is returning from military service. "Domestic adversity," according to Paige, shouldn’t be discussed while servicemen are deployed oversea.

It’s not just the transition of his sibling that has Isaac shocked. The house resembles depictions of the A&E reality series "Hoarders," including Isaac not being able to use the front door and dayglow drawings on walls and furniture . Along with Max’s revelation, Isaac’s father Arnold has had a stroke, rendering him handicapped — nearly incoherent, mostly nonverbal and physically debilitated.

Also, the formerly abusive Arnold is dressed as a woman, force-fed blender-fresh pink-colored "shakey-shakes" — with estrogen, prescribed medications and assorted chemical cocktails. And he has white-faced clown makeup and a dime-store rainbow afro wig. To complete Arnold’s abuse, Paige squirts him with water as if he were a pesky pet when she considers him misbehaving.

Paige’s outlook on life has completely changed, although her "paradigm shift" doesn’t seem to alarm Isaac.

SLAC’s production of HIR is highly professional and top-notch, with three splendid performances under Tracy Callahan’s spirited, superb direction. The black comedy is great fun and deeply appreciated.

The playwright’s intent is fully realized in this staging. The company admirably continues its dedication to bold and brave new playwriting.

Along with the storyline, it would also help theatergoers to have an understanding of absurdist realism style of the HIR playwright, Taylor Mac. An acclaimed deconstructive performance artist (for the Obie-winning "The Lily’s Revenge"), Mac was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music," a 24-hour-long production. Turning to Wikipedia to research the author, we learn of resisting "categorization by the press: After being described as Ziggy Stardust meets Tiny Tim, Mac created ‘Comparison Is Violence, or the Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook.’" His preferred gender pronoun is "judy" (lowercase).

The play is deeply challenging, by design. Perhaps due to its startling combination of absurdism and realism. Might Isaac’s frequent vomiting into the kitchen sink reference conservative theatergoers’ anticipated reaction of the playwright’s radical stance?

But the problem I had with HIR, after the fantastical fish-out-of-water premise established in the first act, is the play goes nowhere. Act 2 meanders, with no dramatic tension at intermission to anticipate a second act. HIR makes no valid point other than to humorously tweak transgenderism and indicate continuing spousal abuse. (But why is Arnold’s violence toward his family only mentioned by Paige?) Act 2 needs an enhancing Reason to Be, or raison d’être for the studious.

We do humorously learn that Noah was transphobic when selecting animals for the Ark. "Did he invite the snakes that don’t care about their gender and procreate by having massive snake orgies?" And the room temperature is altered with arguments whether the air conditioning should be on or off. The model for the Mona Lisa is again speculated.

The audience is left wondering that if HIR were written from a different perspective — to embrace Isaac’s warm acceptance of Max’s new role and the sympathy he feels toward Arnold — the play would have been more rewarding while still subversive, and gleefully insubordinate, absurdism.

Austin Archer is brilliant as the bewildered vet, continuing his impressive list of varied performances that includes twelve roles at SLAC and massively different characters in Pioneer Theatre Company’s "Newsies," "A Few Good Men" and "Spelling Bee," to name three.

The powerhouse Christy Summerhays is dazzling as Paige as she walks the thin line between monster and mother, while being self-aware of the two sides of the coin. We simultaneously love her and hate her. But it’s painful to watch Paige’s over-the-top horrific and dehumanizing debasement Arnold casually endures, perhaps because the role is so richly played by veteran actor Richard Scott.

Liggera Edmonds-Allen’s tongue-twisting lines — "joining a radical fairy commune where they have gender queers who have actual discourse and ideas and where they grow their own food and recycle and have heart circles and sexual freedom" — are clear. With only one previous stage role, the inexperience and stunt casting saps energy opposite the other actors’ excellence.

HIR is strives to be an audacious redefinition of mainstream theater programming. Audiences should come fully prepared to appreciate the production. Recognize the playwright’s intent and enjoy a fun night of theater.

Both SLAC and the playwright know that HIR will not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it might just be an energizing shakey-shake.

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Penn State’s Class of 2018 looks complete as legacy recruit, 4-star WR Solomon Enis picks Utah

Solomon Enis with dad, Curtis, at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium. (

Solomon Enis will not follow in his father’s footsteps.

The son of former Penn State running back great Curtis Enis and a four-star receiver from Phoenix, Ariz., picked Utah over the Lions, Arizona State, and USC during a ceremony at his high school on Wednesday.

Predictions from the 247Sports’ Crystal Ball flipped wildly into the Utes favor late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, which signaled a major shift in Solomon Enis’ recruitment considering the Lions had long been viewed as the favorite.

That said, things became dicey in recent week as the December signing period came and went, as did the month of January, and Enis did not commit to the Lions despite having them seemingly on top. He even attended the Fiesta Bowl in Penn State gear, but he won’t wear it in college.

The Lions are not empty handed at the position in this cycle, as they signed five-star Justin Shorter and four-stars Daniel George and Jahan Dotson back in December.

As of early Wednesday afternoon, Penn State has 23 Class of 2018 commitments and sits with a top-five class nationally, and the signing group now appears to be complete.

Penn State head coach James Franklin greets commit Nana Asiedu during the annual Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium on April 22, 2017.Joe Hermitt |
Penn State commits Nick Tarburton, Charlie Katshir, Justin Shorter, Ricky Slade and Jesse Luketa visit before the Pitt game at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 9, 2017. Joe Hermitt |

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Utah at Colorado Open Thread

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The Utes are in Boulder looking for their 8th straight win over the Buffs, and to go a game above .500 in Pac-12 play. Winning on the road in the Pac-12 is tough, especially in Boulder, where the Buffs took down Arizona and ASU a couple weeks back, the same week that Utah got swept by both of those schools.

The recipe is simple for Utah, rebound and don’t turnover the ball. I don’t think Colorado has the talent to run away from a team, so the Utes just have to be smart and not let CU have a bunch of extra possessions. As always, we know Utah will go though some kind of offensive drought, but they have to find a way to minimize it, because things like that can kill you on the road. I’m very intereted to see how Utah handles Colorado’s size, because the size of other teams has given Utah fits.

Here’s hoping the Utes can get another W tonight.

Go Utes!

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