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Fire burns shed, business in downtown Salt Lake City
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

A fire was reported at a business in downtown Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon.

The fire, near 970 S. 300 West, was called in to dispatchers about 4:10 p.m. First black, then white smoke could be seen puffing up from the location.

Crews arrived to find that a burning shed which, because of the wind, caused the roof of an adjacent, vacant business building to catch fire, said Salt Lake City Deputy Fire Chief Brian Dale.

Emergency dispatchers blocked off the 900 South block of 300 West to fight the flames. Firefighters had the fire under control within 14 minutes.

"It appears some people were squatting inside," Dale said, though investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

Firefighters limited damage to the business building to its roof, but the shed is a total loss. A cost estimate on the damage was not immediately available.

mmcfall@sltrib.com

Twitter: @mikeypanda

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