SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – September 8, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – South Temple between 500 and 600 East has now re-opened after being closed because of a two-alarm fire Tuesday at around 2 p.m.
Around 30 Salt Lake City Fire Department firefighters responded to the fire at 560 E. South Temple, which is the Governors Plaza Condominium complex.
Officials said there was a fire in a condo on the 11th floor, and residential sprinklers knocked down the fire as fire crews arrived.
The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes and crews then worked on salvaging items in the condo and getting rid of the water from the sprinklers.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. There was some home remodeling being done inside the apartment where the fire originated.
Fire spokesman Jasen Asay said officials responded after a number of 911 calls from residents who could see smoke coming from the unit. “There was an active fire, but sprinklers had it contained to just the room of origin,” he said. “We’re told there was home remodeling going on, and there was no-one in the unit at the time of the fire.”
Around 20-30 people evacuated, but Asay said thankfully there were not many residents home because the fire happened in the middle of the day. “The building has a lot of condos and a lot of units could have been affected,” he said. “Fortunately we had all the resources we needed.”
Asay said it is too early to estimate the amount of damage at this point.