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Preliminary cause of club fire said to be accidental

Published May 7, 2013 10:47 am

Public safety • Fire was in a building adjacent to Club Exposé itself.
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Investigators Tuesday were leaning toward the cause of a weekend fire near the Club Exposé as being human and accidental.

Salt Lake City fire spokesman Jasen Asay also said the Sunday night blaze was not in the club itself, as earlier reported, but in one of two vacant buildings adjacent to it. Crews were able to keep flames away from the actual club space itself, he said Tuesday.

"The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however we believe it was human-caused because of the fact that the power and gas to the vacant building had been cut off prior to the fire. It appears, as of now, to be accidental," Asay said.

Specifically, investigators were looking at transients known to have frequented the empty buildings. The buildings' owner, Chung Ji Dai, told firefighters that he has had problems with people breaking into the buildings, either to sleep or steal copper wiring from inside.

Sunday night's fire was reported just moments after a burglar alarm went off on the property at 204 W. 2100 South, and Chung investigated.

The nightclub was closed and empty at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported.

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