SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 16, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A garage and attached carport and their contents were total losses after a fire in Salt Lake City Monday afternoon — but the homeowner helped crews to save his two vintage cars, which were parked outside.
Captain Jeffrey Vaughn, Salt Lake City Fire Department, said crews from Station 8 — which is about a block-and-a-half away from the incident in the area of 1379 S. Major St. — could see smoke and flames from the station when the fire was first reported at approximately 12:30 p.m. Major Street runs between and parallel to Main Street and State Street in Salt Lake City.
“We arrived on Major Street, which is really close to our station, but weirdly enough far away from a hydrant,” Vaughn said. “So we had a bit of a hard time getting water to our fire engines, but fortunately we carry about 500 gallons of water on some of our engines. We had a fully involved garage and a shed/carport on the side of it. Everything in there has been destroyed as it was fully involved when we arrived.”
Two AMC Eagle cars were parked outside the garage, and Vaughn said both were saved. The homeowner helped crews push one of the cars away from the blaze, while firefighters pushed the other one.
Vaughn said the cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. Officials have not yet estimated the exact extent of damages.
There were no injuries to homeowners or civilians.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.