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Major damage reported in 3-alarm fire at West Valley City strip mall, firefighter injured

Posted at 7:40 PM, Jun 06, 2024

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Multiple agencies responded to extinguish a blaze at a strip mall in West Valley City Thursday evening.

Crews responded to the area after reports of a fire at the El Pollo Royo restaurant in the strip mall located at 4000 West.

The fire quickly escalated to a three-alarm situation, resulting in evacuations and major damage.

At least two businesses were deemed total losses as a result of the incident.

Fighting the fire proved to be a bit of a challenge due to scorching hot temperatures Thursday and a sagging roof.

"When the fire gets to jump on the roof start sagging you can't put anybody up there," explained John Evans with the West Valley City Fire Department. "We were up there as long as we could, but you know what you gotta get off when it starts sagging like that."

One firefighter was injured and transported to the hospital. Officials report the firefighter was in good condition and will recover.

To stay safe while fighting the fire in hot temperatures, crews have been rotating, keeping flames at bay while also making sure to not overheat themselves.

The cause of the fire is not known.