Crews Battle Suspicious Fire at Abandoned Building

Crews Battle Suspicious Fire at Abandoned Building

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(KSL News) -- Salt Lake fire crews are investigating what they call a suspicious overnight fire.

Flames broke out at this abandoned home in Salt Lake around four this morning. When crews arrived on scene, heavy smoke billowed from the home, with flames shooting 50 feet into the air.

Crews Battle Suspicious Fire at Abandoned Building

700 East from South Temple to 400 South was shut down for hours while crews fought the blaze.

Firefighters controlled the blaze, so it didn't spread to a nearby assisted living facility. But the fire destroyed the home.

They say the owner boarded up the home days ago, so they're calling the fire suspicious.

Dennis McKone, Asst. Chief, Salt Lake City Fire Dept.: "At this point the fire is under investigation due to the fact that this house is vacant and we did have a fire in it earlier this summer."

Crews Battle Suspicious Fire at Abandoned Building

Authorities say transients often occupy abandoned buildings during cold winter months, and might have been in the building when the fire broke out.

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