Salt Lake City firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire Friday night in a warehouse at 350 West and 700 South. Photo: Gephardt Daily/SLCScanner

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 28, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake City firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire Friday night in a warehouse at 350 West and 700 South.

Crews were dispatched at about 9:20 p.m. and arrived within three to four minutes, Assistant Chief of Operations Karl Steadman said. The first units on the scene could see smoke but had a hard time locating the fire itself.

“Access was difficult. We actually laid lines down an alley to get to it,” Steadman told Gephardt Daily. “We had to force some gates and fences just to gain access.”

Another problem was the intense heat and smoke inside the building. Crews had to start ventilating the structure to clear the smoke before they could go in.

Steadman said firefighters were on scene for about 30 to 40 minutes before the fire was under control. At that point, they went into what Steadman called “the overhaul stage, to make sure the fire is completely out.”

A second alarm was called just to bring in more manpower to relieve the first group of firefighters after their determined effort to get the blaze under control.

Steadman said it was still too early to speculate as to what caused the fire and an investigation is underway. The SLCFD tweeted that there was no indication that this was a suspicious fire.

The warehouse was empty at the time of the blaze, and there were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. Heat damage to the structure was estimated at $50,000.

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