Nearly 30 residents evacuated in early morning apartment fire

ATTENTION: News Desk / Assignment Editors

MEDIA HOTLINE: 801-550-0121

INCIDENT TYPE: Two-alarm apartment fire

LOCATION: 79 North “A” Street

Early Thursday, Aug. 17, at 1:35 a.m., Salt Lake City Fire Department responded to an apartment fire located at 79 North, “A” Street.

In the 9-1-1 call, residents reported visible smoke coming from the basement.

The fire appears to have started in the lower level, below an apartment unit, where there was storage.

Flames moved up from the basement to an apartment unit, where a couple in their 20s, and their infant child, reside.

The young family was evacuated without injury. However, because of smoke, fire and water damage, the unit was deemed not habitable; and the family found temporary accommodations.

During the blaze, crews also evacuated the south section of the apartment complex which housed between 20 and 30 renters — as well as several pets.

All were reported uninjured, and no one was transported to a hospital.

The cause of the fire, as well as the cost of damages, is still under investigation.
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CAUSE: Under Investigation

ORIGIN: In the basement of the apartment unit

FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED: 21

NUMBER OF ALARMS: 2

RESPONSE TIME: 5 minutes; fire under control in less than 45 minutes

MUTUAL AID: American Red Cross

INJURIES: None

DAMAGE: One apartment unit deemed uninhabitable

DOLLAR LOSS: Undetermined