Garage fire spreads to 2 other SLC structures

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SALT LAKE CITY — Strong winds ahead of an expected storm front caused a garage fire to spread to two other structures Friday.

In total, two garages were heavily damaged by fire and the vinyl siding on the back of a house melted. Investigators determined that the fire, which caused an estimated $25,000 in damage, was most likely started by an overhead light inside the first garage that was burned.

No people were hurt, but an iguana inside a cage in one of the two sheds was killed.

The incident began just after 11 a.m. A neighbor called 911 to say a detached shed/garage in the back of a residence near 500 E and 1800 S was on fire, said Salt Lake fire spokesman Jasen Asay.

"Because of the wind, the fire spread to a garage at a neighboring property and affected the outside of a house," he said.

There was a propane tank inside one of the garages that forced firefighters to extinguish the flames with extra caution, Asay said. The tank did vent, but it did not explode.

Both of the detached garages, which doubled as sheds, were heavily damaged. Neither structure had a vehicle inside, Asay said. The owner of the shed where the fire started was not home at the time.


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