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Fire rips through Salt Lake apartment building; no deaths

June 28, 2021 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A fire ripped through a Salt Lake City apartment building early Monday morning, causing extensive damage, according to fire officials.

There were no major injuries or deaths reported at the six-story building in downtown Salt Lake City, but two firefighters were taken to the hospital for minor injuries and were later released, said Salt Lake City Fire Capt. Tony Stowe. Some residents ran down the halls and banged on doors to wake up their neighbors and warn them, he said.

“That early action really I think was a huge contributing factor in the well-being and safety of the other residents in that building,” Stowe said.

Fire crews were sent to the building around 2 a.m. Monday morning for reports of heavy smoke and flames, fire officials said. At least five other departments were sent to the scene, and about 100 fire personnel were on site.

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Fire officials said it was too early to determine the cause of the blaze.

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