Kids playing with matches ignite 2-alarm fire at SLC fourplex, officials say

Posted at 2:14 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 21:25:53-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Children playing with matches resulted in a two-alarm fire at a fourplex leaving 12 people displaced Monday afternoon.

Salt Lake City fire responded to the blaze, located at 612 S. Concord Street, at about 1:57 p.m. When fire crews arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the roof of the building, according to a press release from the fire department.

The fire caused severe damage to the outside of the house where the flames originated and extended into the structure directly to the south, the release states. Firefighters upgraded the response to a second-alarm, which kept the flames from extending into the second house.

Investigators determined the fire was started by children playing with matches in the backyard.

Twelve have been displaced. No injuries were reported.