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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Fire-damaged home built by LDS apostle about 1910

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A fire in Salt Lake City has destroyed the former home of LDS General Authority Sylvester Q. Cannon, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1939 to 1943. The two story building was the home of Georgia Dalton, 69, and 11 members of her family. Dalton's son, Marlin, says that the building contained a number of artifacts from Cannon's family, including pictures of the George Q. Cannon family and Sylvester Q. Cannon's name etched in stone in a basement stairway.

The blaze apparently started in a basement bedroom by a child playing with matches or a cigarette lighter on July 26th. While 10 members of the family were at home at the time, none of them were injured. However, one firefighter injured his back while fighting the fire.

Dalton, who now lives with her family in a trailer behind the burned-out home, was not insured.She claims that the fire department was slow to respond to the blaze because they had been told the home was a "drug house," Dalton denies that any illicit drug activity happened in the home, but Salt Lake City Fire Department Captain James W. Hansen denies that the Fire Department delayed, but does say that a state drug enforcement agent told the fire department that there had been drug activity there in the past. But neighbors support the Daltons, saying that they're "very good people. They are excellent neighbors."

The home is located at 1380 S. 900 W., an older and less desirable part of Salt Lake City.

Fire-damaged home built by LDS apostle about 1910
Deseret News 8Aug00 D6
By Douglas D. Palmer: Deseret News staff writer
Child playing with matches may have started the blaze


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