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Roads closed, man burned after backhoe catches fire in Cottonwood Heights DOT yard

Posted at 3:32 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 18:24:14-04

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah – The operator of a backhoe suffered minor injuries after a fire broke out in Cottonwood Heights Wednesday afternoon, and the incident caused a road closure in the area.

Police said the backhoe, which was underneath power lines, hit a gas line at the Cottonwood Heights Public Works Yard near 6580 S. 3000 E. at about 3 p.m.

Officials closed 3000 E. between 6500 S. and Ft. Union Blvd. as crews contained the fire near the gas line.

As of around 4:15 p.m., the fire was extinguished. Firefighters say the operator of the backhoe suffered minor injuries that did not require medical care.

The gas company will make repairs to the damage line.