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1 person dead, 13 units dispaced in downtown Salt Lake City apartment building fire

Posted at 5:45 AM, May 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-30 20:47:55-04

SALT LAKE CITY — One person was killed and several injured after an overnight fire engulfed a Salt Lake City apartment building early Monday.

People who lived in the Silverado Apartments said they heard an explosion at around 2 a.m. before the fire began.

Flames were burning the front of the building and the first floor by the time fire crews arrived at the apartments at 243 S. 300 East.

One person was found dead at the scene, while two others suffered burns during the fire. Three firefighters were also injured, with one hurting his hand, one suffering from exhaustion and another rolled his ankle.

Raw video below shows apartment building engulfed by flames (Courtesy: James Merdinger)

Fire destroys Salt Lake City apartment building

Officials said the older three-story building did not have a sprinkler system.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway, while all residents of the building's 13 units were taken by UTA bus to a shelter.