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Highly-flammable wax fuels large fire outside Sandy business

Posted at 1:30 PM, Nov 10, 2023

MIDVALE, Utah — A fire that began outside a Sandy supply business Friday afternoon forced evacuations and formed a large plume of smoke that gained the attention of many in the Salt Lake Valley.

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The fire began just before 1 p.m. as workers at Superior Buck and Steel near 700 West and 8600 South were doing hot work in the yard. The fire quickly spread through nearby weeds before coming into contact with highly-flammable paraffin wax.

With the fire growing bigger, workers at the supply company and a nearby auto repair shop were evacuated.

The fire damaged 4-5 vehicles that were parked outside Gerber Collision and Auto.

Multiple units from around the valley responded to the fire and were able to put out the flames in about an hour.

Neither business suffered any damage and will be allowed to reopen Saturday.