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Grass fire near I-215 threatens chemical plant


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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Fire crews were quick to put out a 3-alarm grass fire near a stretch of Interstate 215 Sunday afternoon.

The fire started near 2400 West and 900 South around 1:35. Wind quickly drove the flames to a storage yard that held several vehicles, semi-trailers and storage containers.

Crews were concerned about a nearby chemical storage facility, and set up a defensive line to protect it. According to the Salt Lake Fire Department, 79 firefighters from three different agencies were able to stop the fire before it could reach the chemicals.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury while battling the blaze. He was treated at the scene and was taken to a hospital in good condition.

The fire burned close to 10 acres, and the cause is still under investigation.

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