Fire breaks out near Salt Lake City refinery

Posted at 7:55 AM, Jun 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-10 16:33:17-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Firefighters battled a fire near a Salt Lake City oil refinery Saturday morning. The three-alarm blaze broke out just before 6 a.m. at 1200 North Beck street.

Witnesses reported hearing an explosion followed by towering flames. The fire was initially believed to be located at the Tesoro Corporation property, but fire crews quickly discovered that the blaze was located in a salvage yard just east of the refinery. Crews worked to prevent the fire from spreading to the refinery's property.

"They have a lot of fuel there and a lot of other things in the refinery that could cause a lot of problems for us," said Capt. Reed Stringham, Salt Lake City Fire Dept.

Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jason Asay said the fire burned two acres of a salvage yard near the Tesoro Corporation property.

More than 50 firefighters were on the scene battling the 3-alarm fire, which burned two acres. A shed along with tires, wood piles, and wood pallets on the property have been destroyed.

Fire officials say a nearby business - The Garage on Beck - suffered some damages but is salvageable.

"The head crew man of the fire department said when he first saw it, there was no saving it. And they all worked feverishly to save the business first and it's still standing. We've got damage, but it's all salvageable," said Bob McCarthy, owner of The Garage on Beck.

No one was injured and the refinery suffered no damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.