Update: 3 Residents, 1 Firefighter Hurt In Salt Lake City Blaze

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 21, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Four people — including a Salt Lake City firefighter — were injured early Saturday morning when fire broke out at the Westcliff Apartments at 419 E. 200 South.

Firefighters were first called to the scene at 1:46 a.m.

When first units arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames shooting from the top floor apartments.

The fast moving blaze forced three people onto balconies.

Two were were rescued by firefighters and a third jump to safety, breaking a leg.

Three occupants in all were taken to the hospital, including two who suffered smoke inhalation.

A firefighter received a “minor traumatic injury” when he was hurt while operating a piece of equipment. The exact nature of the injury was not disclosed.

The Red Cross estimated 30 people had been displaced from their apartments.

Late Saturday morning, investigators determined the fire started in a third story apartment, but did not say how, other than calling it “accidental.”

The top floor apartments were destroyed in the fire, while other units were severely damaged.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this story as information becomes available.


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