Dramatic fire engulfs commercial building overnight in Salt Lake City

Photo: Gephardt Daily/ Lucas Wilson /SLCScanner

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 16, 2024 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake City firefighters waged a pitched battle early Sunday morning after being called to what they originally thought was a dumpster fire outside a business at 1075 W. 1700 South.

When crews pulled up to the Hose and Fittings company shortly after midnight, they quickly realized the blaze was far more extensive than initially believed.

“Crews arrived and found heavy fire coming out of the building,” said SLCFD Capt. Chad Jepperson.

“They called a third alarm because of the size of the building and its proximity to some other buildings.

“The third alarm brings in a little over 16 fire units, and you know, maybe 60 or so firefighters with that.”

Video by Lucas Wilson

Jepperson said it was a defensive fairly early, “because of the extent of the fire. We were able to contain it to a part of the building. The building is separated by some firewalls. We’re able to keep it in the area that the fire likely originated from.”

At about 1:50 a.m., the fire was under control.

No firefighters were injured, Jepperson said.

A few neighbors who had tried to douse the flames prior to firefighters’ arrival were treated on scene for smoke inhalation, he said. None were transported.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, he said.

Photo by Lucas Wilson


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