Crews respond to commercial structure fire in Midvale

Crews are on the scene of a commercial structure fire in Midvale Friday afternoon. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Richard Trelles

MIDVALE, Utah, Feb. 17, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Crews were on the scene of a commercial structure fire Friday afternoon in Midvale.

Unified Fire Authority and Sandy, Midvale and Murray fire departments responded to the incident at Gorilla Brake in the Warren Center, 8169 S. State St.

UFA Public Information Officer Matthew McFarland said the call came in just before 5 p.m., reporting smoke from the rear of the building. When crews arrived, they could see the smoke and had to breach two large roll-up doors to gain entry.

McFarland said the large, warehouse-like building was filled with smoke, so firefighters also breached two large skylights to aid in ventilation.

The fire was completely contained in a dumpster that had been brought inside the building at about 4 p.m., because people outside have been using it to dispose of their own trash.

The business, which remanufactures brake pads, was closed for the day, and no one was in the building at the time of the fire. McFarland said no large amounts of industrial chemicals were in the structure, either.

Two sprinklers in the building were triggered by the fire, which undoubtedly helped in keeping it contained and damage to a minimum, McFarland  said.

McFarland said that because it was a commercial structure fire, multiple agencies responded. He added, “We take great pride in working well with all the agencies in our area. We train together and spend time together, so when something like this happens and we all come together, we’re all on the same page.”

The exact cause of the fire is unknown, but McFarland said investigators have determined that the fire was accidental and have completed their investigation.

Damage was estimated at less than $10,000, and was mostly due to smoke and the breaching of the skylights and doors in order to get to the fire and ventilate the building.



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