2 Alarm Warehouse Fire Was Human Caused
Salt Lake City Fire Department News Release
Attention: News Desk / Assignment Editors
Incident Type: Abandoned Warehouse Fire
Date / Time: 04-28-2017 / 9:19 pm
Location: 349 West 700 South
Incident Information: At 9:18 pm on Friday, April 28th 2017, the Salt Lake City Fire Department received multiple 911 calls reporting heavy smoke in the area of 700 South and 400 West.
Fire crews responded within 4 minutes and found a large abandoned warehouse in the center of the city block on fire. Firefighters forced entry to the building, searched through the smoke and heat for any victims, located and extinguished the fire, and ventilated the smoke. Fire was extinguished within 30 minutes.
SLC Fire Investigators determined that the building had been abandoned for several years. All utilities (power and gas) had been previously disconnected. Investigators found evidence of persons experiencing homelessness illegally occupying the warehouse. They determined the fire was human caused, however the exact origin and cause is still under investigation.
No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. All occupants had fled the structure prior to firefighters arriving.
The warehouse had no contents inside. Fire heavily damaged exposed insulation on the walls and ceiling, generating the large amounts of heat and smoke. Damage is estimated at $50,000 due to heat damage to the insulation, forced doors, and holes in roof to ventilate the smoke.
Cause: Human caused, still under investigation
Origin: Under Investigation
Firefighters Responded: 48 firefighters and command staff
Number of Alarms: 2nd Alarm
Response Time: 4 minutes
Mutual Aid: None
Injuries: No civilian or firefighter injuries reported
Damage: Smoke and heat damage to entire structure
Dollar Loss: Estimated $50,000
D. Mark Bednarik | Administrative Captain
Salt Lake City Fire Department | Prepare – Respond – Impact
On-Call PIO: 801.550.0121