Fire crews respond to blaze at Freeport West in Clearfield

Fire crews from North Davis, Syracuse, Layton, Clinton and Sunset responded to a structure fire at Freeport West in Clearfield on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. The fire began in a semitrailer that was backed up to a dock. Photo Courtesy: North Davis Fire District

CLEARFIELD, Utah, Sept. 9, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A structure fire broke out at Freeport West in Clearfield on Friday afternoon.

North Davis Fire District was dispatched at about 2:33 p.m. to the fire at Building D06. When firefighters and police arrived, they could see smoke and flames coming from a semitrailer, according to a press release from North Davis Fire.

The semitrailer was backed up to the dock of the building, the release states. The fire then spread to the roof eaves that overhang the dock area and additional fire units were dispatched.

One man was found inside the building and was safely evacuated, according to the release.

Fire units from North Davis Fire District, Syracuse, Layton, Clinton and Sunset arrived and assisted in stopping the fire from spreading into the building.

According to the release, North Davis Fire Chief Mark Becraft said the fire was determined to be accidental. It was found that a company, Fusion Lumber, had rented the facility and was using a forced heat system into the trailer. The forced heat is used in a shrinking technique used on wood pallets. That is when it accidentally caught the wood pallets inside the trailer on fire.

The estimated damage was $80,000.


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