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Fire damages D.I. manufacturing plant

By Randall Jeppesen and Haley Smith | Posted - May 2nd, 2013 @ 5:43pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters put out a two-alarm fire at a Deseret Industries manufacturing plant in Salt Lake.

The fire started just before 7 a.m. at the Deseret Manufacturing building, at 1680 S. 1900 West. The plant makes mattresses and wood furniture for Deseret Industry stores.

The fire was contained to a saw dust mill but smoke filled the buildings, setting off some sprinklers. Firefighters said the biggest issue was getting smoke out of the buildings.

"The problem was that the smoke got in the ducts and got sent throughout the building, which started other sprinkler systems going," said Jason Asay with the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Most of the damage inside the building was done to the saw dust hopper.

"(There is) heavy smoke and water damage inside the building," Asay said. "We're trying to get all the doors open so we don't have to cut any holes in the roof to vent the smoke out."

Plant manager Bryce Harper said most if not all employees will be back working Thursday.

"It's not the best way to start the morning," Harper said. "I feel somewhat lucky, though. Everyone is fine, no injuries."

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