Firefighters battle blaze at abandoned apartment in downtown Salt Lake City

Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov. 21, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — It was deja vu all over again for Salt Lake City firefighters Wednesday night, as they found themselves battling a blaze at the very same abandoned apartment building they fought a fire in just four months ago.

In both instances, the fires at 240 S. 200 East 240 South appeared suspicious and were believed to be caused most by transients known to frequent the area.

Neighbors told Gephardt Daily they saw first saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the apartments about 11 p.m.

By 11:45 p.m. crew chiefs declared the incident a two-alarm blaze with approximately two dozen firefighters taking up defensive positions to keep flames from spreading to neighboring structures.

Firefighters initially had trouble getting water on the flames due to the building’s boarded up windows.

Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

Crews were eventually able to make their way inside the structure and brought the fire under control.

There we no reports of injuries.

Firefighters were expected to remain on scene throughout the night mopping up potential hotspots.

Gephardt Daily will update this story as more information becomes available.


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