Upon arrival, fire officials and crews found a three-story, 24-unit building fully involved with flames. Residents of the building had self-evacuated from their apartments.
Jason Asay of the Salt Lake Fire Department says the fire started on the outside deck of a second-floor apartment on the east side of the building. The cause is still under investigation, but some residents tell ABC 4 News that a propane tank exploded on one of the balconies.
Officials say six apartment units, including the unit where the fire originated, were completey destroyed, but firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to other apartments in the building, as well as adjacent buildings. Several other units suffered heavy smoke and water damage.
Reports indicate that 8 residents suffered minor injuries, the most significant being a 37-year-old male who suffered a laceration to his hand while breaking a window to escape the fire. Another resident suffered an ankle injury after jumping from a second-story balcony. All injuries were treated on scene.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter for residents displaced by the fire at the LDS meetinghouse at 1250 west 1400 south in Salt Lake City.
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