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Investigators seek person of interest after suspicious 2-alarm fire in Salt Lake City

Posted at 6:46 AM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 12:49:10-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Investigators are seeking a person of interest in connection with a 2-alarm fire at a vacant commercial building in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City Fire stated Thursday morning the fire is considered suspicious in origin and they are looking for a person of interest.

The agency did not provide any further information regarding a person of interest or the reasons for classifying the fire as suspicious.

Fire crews responded to the vacant commercial building near 300 West and 960 South late Wednesday night.

They arrived to find heavy smoke and flames pouring from the structure, so they immediately called a second alarm. About 30 firefighters in all responded.

Battalion Chief Kelly Carter said the heavy smoke and large structure meant they had conduct an extensive search to find the source of the flame before gaining control of the fire.

It took about 15 minutes to gain control, and a firefighter inside the building ran into trouble.

"We had a firefighter that as he was fighting the fire on the second floor, we had a partial collapse, so he actually went through the floor," Carter said. "...[a] crew had to go get him and take him to medical."

The firefighter did not suffer any injuries.

The cause of the fire, which did an estimated $100,000 in damage, remains under investigation.