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Firefighters look for possible link between 3 grass fires

Firefighters look for possible link between 3 grass fires


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City fire investigators are looking for a possible connection between three grass fires Sunday. All were reported within two hours of each other in the same general area of the city.

The most serious fire, near 900 South and 2400 West, broke out around 1:35 p.m. Investigators say the blaze rose to a 3-alarm level and blackened 10 acres. Old cars and semitrailers burned at a storage yard. Crews say the fire nearly reached a chemical business.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries.

The second fire was called in nine minutes after the first near 1700 S. Bennett Road (2030 West). A third fire happened at 2664 N. Rose Park Lane (1985 West). It was called in at 3:35 p.m.

"Obvously if these were intentional, our fire investigators are going to do what they do -- investigate these -- and try to track down somebody who is responsible for those and file appropriate charges," Salt Lake City firefighter Mark Bednarik said.

Firefighters say they currently have no evidence linking the three fires.

"Three within two hours' timeframe does raise a concern and so that's why they're asking for the public's help," Bednarik said. "If anybody's seen anything, we'd like that information to come through.

Fire investigators are asking for people with information about any of these fires to contact Salt Lake City police dispatch at 801-799-3000.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

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