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Fire officials respond to 3-alarm blaze in Midvale office building

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Jan. 17, 2021 at 1:10 p.m. | Posted - Jan. 17, 2021 at 10:41 a.m.


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MIDVALE — The Unified Fire Authority is battling a three-alarm blaze Sunday at 7001 S. 900 East in Midvale.

Unified Fire spokesman Ryan Love said authorities were called to the Union Center office building about 9 a.m. Sunday on reports of a fire. Love described the structure as a brick-and-mortar building with about 15 medical businesses inside, which was vacant for the weekend.

There was "light smoke" visible when crews arrived, and firefighters entered the building and tried to move to the second floor where the fire was coming from. "It was simply too hot for us to continue," Love said, "so we moved all our fighters outside to a protected position and fought the fire defensively for a little while."

But four hours after crews arrived on scene, they continue to battle a three-alarm blaze as of 1 p.m., he said.

Love said there are 80 to 100 firefighters on scene from various agencies including the Unified, Sandy, South Jordan and Murray fire departments. Investigators are at the scene, Love said, but cannot yet enter the building. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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