MURRAY — A section of road reopened after crews battled a large fire at a vacant industrial building that billowed thick black smoke through the valley Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire near 4500 South and 200 West shortly after 1:20 p.m. after several reports of a growing fire, Murray Fire Assistant Chief Mike Dykman said.
He said the building, which used to be an industrial site but has been vacant for several years, was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived. A nearby Utah Department of Transportation camera captured images of flames and heavy black smoke before crews were able to fight the fire.
Initially, crews struggled to find a water supply but later were able to find a hydrant, Dykman said. The blaze caused officials to close 4500 South from 200 to 300 West for more than an hour while equipment was on the road. It reopened just before 3:30 p.m.
Dykman said the closure backed up traffic initially. Crews from South Salt Lake, West Jordan and Unified Fire Authority assisted in fighting the fire.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Dykman said investigators believe it may have been sparked by transients.
"We've got quite a bit of transient population that's through here," he said. "We've had numerous fires over the last several months in the area."
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