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Structure fire at old Kennecott building in Magna

Posted at 6:36 PM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 23:22:48-04

Fire at old Kennecott Building in Magna. Courtesy: Kimberly Petroni.

MAGNA, Utah — A fire burned Saturday evening at the former Rio Tinto Administrative Building in Magna.

The fire started very close to Unified Fire Authority’s Station 111.

“Our crew at 5:30 was preparing dinner and they saw a thick, heavy black smoke coming from behind their structure,” Ryan Love, PIO with UFA said.

They responded and found smoke and flames on the second floor of the empty building located in the area of 8400 West and 3291 South.

It went to a two-alarm fire, in part due to the proximity of a Chevron facility.

Crews knocked the fire down in about 30 minutes.

No one was in the building at the time, and investigators are trying to determine how the fire started.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from the Intermountain Medical Center camera in Murray.