Fire breaks out next door to vacant Salt Lake City home that burned early Monday

Salt Lake City Fire Department crews are fighting a fire Monday afternoon in a vacant home next door to a two-alarm blaze that broke out in an abandoned house in the early hours of the morning. Photo Courtesy: SLCFD

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov. 18, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake City Fire Department crews are fighting a fire Monday afternoon in a vacant home next door to a two-alarm blaze that broke out in an abandoned house in the early hours of the morning.

A tweet from the Salt Lake City Fire Department at 4:15 p.m. said the second fire is burning at 50 S. 900 West.

A follow-up tweet at 5 p.m. said the fire is under control and the cause is under investigation.

The first fire was at a homeĀ in close proximity to the AutoZone at 55 N. 900 West and was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at about 12:20 a.m.

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Within minutes, the roof and walls of the structure collapsed as a result of the first fire, SLCFD Capt. Tony Stowe said. Stowe said a second alarm was called as soon as the first firefighters arrived because it was obvious from the smoke and flames that this boarded-up and abandoned building would not be extinguished quickly.

Stowe told Gephardt Daily there were no reports of injuries to firefighters or civilians as a result of the first fire.

He said the cause of the first blaze is currently unknown, and may never be known, because the building was a complete loss.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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