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Minor injuries reported in fire near Utah State Capitol; fire nearly contained

(Carter Williams, KSL.com)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Three firefighters and two residents suffered injuries during a brush fire that sparked north of the Utah State Capitol Tuesday afternoon, officials report.

The fire ignited at 690 N. Columbus St. near the Ensign Peak Trailhead, according to a news release from the Salt Lake City Fire Department. It burned an estimated 100 acres and was 95 percent contained just before 9 p.m.

The exterior of one home was damaged in the fire, officials said.

Approximately 50-60 firefighters battled the blaze with three suffering minor injuries. Two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation while the third suffered a minor leg injury that was not burn-related, officials said.

All three firefighters were transported to University Hospital and later released.

Two residents also dealt with smoke inhalation. Officials did not release their conditions.

Some evacuations had been ordered earlier Tuesday, but were lifted by the evening, according to Salt Lake City fire spokeswoman Audra Sorensen.

The Capitol building was not evacuated, according to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Todd Royce.

Victory Road, East Capitol Boulevard, Girard Avenue and Zane Avenue were all temporarily closed as officials worked to put out the fire.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Salt Lake City Fire Chief Karl Lieb will visit the scene Wednesday morning to assess the damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Contributing: Carter Williams

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