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Explosion at storage unit leads to unrelated arrests

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jun 11, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY -- An explosion and fire sent emergency crews scrambling to a storage facility on West Temple near 3900 South in Salt Lake County.

It happened at 10:45, when workers at nearby businesses smelled smoke and heard an explosion.

Coming outside from Polished Image Auto Body across the street, Jeffrey Templin saw that the explosion had thrown a door off of one of the storage units at Simply Storage, and flames were pouring out.

“We could feel the heat,” said Templin, who watched the scene from across West Temple.

Firefighters arrived to find about three units in flames, with the worst of it pouring out of one.

And when police arrived, they saw two people running from the scene. The couple was detained for questioning.

In the afternoon, Brian Anderton, a battalion chief with the Unified Fire Authority, said fire investigators were considering the fire accidental. But, he explained, the couple was still arrested for something else.

Detective Ken Hansen with the Unified Police Department said the man was wanted on outstanding warrants from out of state and the woman was arrested for obstruction of justice.