Fire marshals were finding the cause of a two-alarm fire at Boyce Welding & Repair in west Salt Lake City to be elusive Thursday.
Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief Brian Anderton said the blaze, which caused only about $10,000 in losses despite pouring thick smoke and flames into the skies along the Salt Lake City-Magna border late Wednesday morning, was almost entirely limited to piles of wooden pallets.
While two other sheds on the property at 7200 West and Highway 201 (2100 South) were lost, no injuries directly related to the fire were reported. However, a collision nearby involving a UFA fire engine and a pickup truck did injure the pickup’s driver.
Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said the man, who was in satisfactory condition at Intermountain Medical Center following the crash, had turned in front of the fire engine despite the big rig having its emergency lights flashing and siren activated.
The fire resulted in congested traffic during rush hour as authorities closed down Highway 201 both ways to all but emergency vehicles for about five hours to allow fire hoses to be laid to the remote business site.
Anderton said it could take up to a week to complete the investigation into the cause of the fire, which was fought by units from both UFA and Salt Lake City.
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