Six Alarm Fire Burns In South Salt Lake

Six Alarm Fire Burns In South Salt Lake

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A six-alarm fire broke out in a warehouse Friday, pouring thick black smoke into the air that could be seen from all over the Salt Lake Valley.

Six Alarm Fire Burns In South Salt Lake

United Fire Authority spokesman Scott Freitag said the fire was reported at 7:11 p.m. by South Salt Lake firefighters who noticed the blaze across the street.

No injuries were immediately reported.

Freitag said the warehouse is owned by Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., a paperboard and packaging company with 38,600 employees and nearly 260 manufacturing facilities across the country.

Six Alarm Fire Burns In South Salt Lake

"There is tremendous amount of paper and manufacturing supplies, including chemicals," Freitag said.

Freitag said the building would be severely damaged, and firefighters were working to keep it from spreading to a nearby warehouse full of fireworks.

Roughly 100 firefighters were battling the blaze, which was contained to the warehouse late Friday night.

Officials said they would be working throughout the night, and planned to call in heavy machinery like bulldozers to spread the fire out.

Six Alarm Fire Burns In South Salt Lake

Freitag said it was the biggest fire in the area since March 2003, when a five-alarm blaze consumed a strip mall near downtown Salt Lake City, destroying seven businesses and causing an estimated $1.5 million in damage.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Six Alarm Fire Burns In South Salt Lake

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