The Millcreek apartment fire is mostly under control, but firefighters will be working through the night to put out hotspots, according to Unified Fire spokesman Ryan Love.
The fire burned an apartment complex that is under construction at 1200 block of E. Miller Ave on Wednesday evening. Smoke from the giant blaze could be seen from surrounding parts of the Salt Lake Valley.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Patrick Costin, also a Unified Fire spokesman, said firefighters arrived to see the building engulfed in flames. It was too dangerous to go inside so firefighters had to start fighting it from the outside. He said no firefighters have been injured but a civilian was taken to the hospital. The status of that person has not been released.
The fire was being fought by over 60 firefighters from six agencies, according to Unified Fire on Wednesday evening. Costin said the Murray Fire Department and the South Salt Lake Fire Department were among those who joined the fight.
Fire operations are expected to continue through Thursday, according to Unified Fire.
Smoke from the fire filled the immediate areas to the south and west of the fire on Wednesday evening. Damage from the fire was visible on Hyland Pharmacy and other surrounding businesses. Love said 14 businesses were affected by fire damage.
People are being asked to avoid the intersection of 3300 S and 1300 E. Highland Drive because of the fire.
Traffic from roads near the fire was rerouted through local neighborhoods, leading to wall-to-wall cars on residential streets.
Downed power poles have led to power outages in the area. Rocky Mountain Power tweeted that 2,510 customers are being impacted by a power outage, but did not cite the fire as the cause. The power should be restored by 10:30 p.m., according to the company.
Briana Scroggins contributed reporting.
This story is developing.