High winds quickly shift grass fire in SLC to a grass and structure fire

ATTENTION: News Desk / Assignment Editors

MEDIA HOTLINE: 801-550-0121

INCIDENT TYPE: Outdoor Grass Fire and Structure Fire

LOCATION: 2000 W. Indiana Ave.

Early this evening, Salt Lake City Fire Department battled two fires located at 2000 West, and between 400 and 800 South.

Dispatchers received a call around 5 p.m., reporting a large grass fire in the area.

Crews responded within 10 minutes, and held the two-alarm outdoor blaze. However embers — carried by wind gusts as high as 40 mph — landed on a nearby structure, causing it to catch fire.

As a result, incident commanders called in a two-alarm structure fire as well, strategizing containment of both fires separately and simultaneously.

High winds made suppression very difficult and hazardous. The grassfire is now fully contained but continues to burn, deeply under piles of debris.

Crews will be on scene through the night to monitor and protect surrounding structures, and suppression efforts will begin again in the morning when there is daylight.

No civilians were injured in the incident, However one firefighter was transferred to Utah Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

Fire investigators are still determining the cause of the grass fire, which spread to approximately 10 acres. Investigators also are still estimating the cost of damages to the structure, surrounding area and equipment destroyed in the incident.

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CAUSE: Under Investigation

ORIGIN: Under Investigation

FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED: 42

NUMBER OF ALARMS: 4

MUTUAL AID: None

INJURIES: One firefighter with smoke inhalation