A four-alarm fire destroyed an apartment building under construction in Salt Lake City yesterday. The building was empty, and firefighters were able to protect neighboring structures as well as the Smith’s supermarket just across 500 South. But Jasen Asay with the Salt Lake City Fire Department says they don’t want to send investigators into the building until it’s safe. He says one of the problems is a crane that was caught in the flames.
High temperatures and dry conditions have thrust Utah into what could be a difficult fire season. Crews contained the Flood Canyon Fire in Tooele County on Monday and the National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning” for the St. George area over the weekend.
Jason Curry is a Utah State Fire Information Officer. He says because of late rains and higher snow-pack, this summer probably won’t have as many wildfires as last year, but the risk is still above average.