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Construction Blaze Probed

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Investigators are searching for the cause of a blaze that ravaged a four-story multi-residential building under construction in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.

No injuries resulted from the four-alarm fire Sunday (Feb. 9) evening, which caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage.

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This 61-unit residential building under construction in downtwon Salt Lake City, UT, was engulfed in flames Sunday evening. No one was injured.

Salt Lake City Fire Department crews responded to a report of the fire about 6 p.m. When the first firefighters arrived, heavy smoke and flames were pouring from the building, reports said.

'Intense Fire'

"This was a very intense fire," a spokesman from the fire department told a local television station.

In a press release, the fire department said the 64,000-square-foot building was being constructed by U.S. Development and would feature 61 units.

Construction officials said that no workers were on the site at the time and that there was no active power connected to the building and no heat sources inside, according to the fire department.

Several nearby buildings were evacuated, and some streets were closed Sunday night. Crews had the fire under control in approximately 90 minutes after arrival, the fire department reported.

However, firefighters stayed overnight to ensure the flames did not rekindle.

Cause Unknown

Officials said Monday (Feb. 10) afternoon that the building’s stability posed concerns so fire investigators had not yet re-entered the building to dig through the remains as part of their investigation.

The construction company, witnesses and workers will be interviewed as part of the ongoing investigation, officials added.


Tagged categories: Construction; Fire; Health and safety; Residential Construction

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