OGDEN, Utah — Officials say they have multiple people they're interested in speaking with, but no suspects, after several Ogden homes and businesses were destroyed in a massive four-alarm fire.
Early Tuesday, FOX 13 saw police taking a woman into custody with handcuffs. She was originally described as a person of interest by fire officials, but was eventually released.
A total of five nearby houses are considered a complete loss following the fire at 28th Street and Grant Avenue. The American Red Cross of Utah is providing assistance to those affected. Four businesses close sustained heavy fire damage.
Officials say the damages caused by the fire could run as high as $3 million. Nearly 80 firefighters from seven agencies were called to battle the historic blaze that also damaged fire vehicles, according to officials.
"It's the most firefighters we've asked for in recent years in any fire within Ogden City," said Ogden Fire Chief Mike Mathieu.
In the video below,Ogden Fire Chief Mike Mathieu describes what made the fire so difficult to fight.
Two people were originally unaccounted for following the fire, but Ogden police later said that no one was believed to be missing. No one was seriously injured in the fire, although some neighborhood residents were taken to the hospital due to smoke inhalation.
The fire was first reported around 10:30 p.m. at the three-story, wood-framed complex under construction. It then spread as a four-alarm fire to nearby homes and one vehicle, leading to residents being evacuated.
(WARNING: The video below contains language that some may not find appropriate.)
At least two smaller fires have also started: One within about a block of the main fire, and another about two miles away near 17th Street and Wall Avenue.
The heat from the fire was so great, about 10 cars at a nearby used car location were burned. Photos from Hertz Used Car Sales showed vehicles with their plastic tail lights completely melted and other structural damage.
Earlier Monday, another structure fire was reported in the same area. Officials said an abandoned building near 29th and Washington caught fire around 3:40 p.m., but was quickly put out. Damages from the earlier fire are estimated at $250,000.
A five-alarm fire broke out Monday morning at a Salt Lake City apartment building, reportedly one without a central fire alarm system. Residents said they had to knock on neighbors' doors to alert them.
It's also just under two weeks after another apartment complex under construction in Millcreek caught fire, causing millions of dollars in damage to the building in process as well as neighboring businesses.