Sugar House fire that burned for nearly a week has been extinguished, officials say

Sugar House fire that burned for nearly a week has been extinguished, officials say
Sugar House fire that burned for nearly a week has been extinguished, officials say

The massive fire at the planned site of residences in Sugar Alley, which first broke out late Oct. 25 and continued to burn for nearly a week, has been extinguished, officials confirmed on Tuesday. fires.

More than 100 firefighters regularly responded to the site for six days as the flames continued to flare, Salt Lake City Fire Captain Shaun Mumedy said. Now only police and demolition experts remain at the scene, but Mumedy said firefighters could return if a hotspot reignites.

The fire at the unoccupied, partially constructed building caused no injuries, but residents of adjacent buildings were evacuated in the early hours of October 26 as a precaution. They remained displaced for days amid continued firefighting efforts.

Residents of these nearby complexes – including The Vue at Sugar House Crossing and Sugarmont Apartments – were allowed to return to their units on Monday, but some businesses near Highland Drive remained closed.

“We think it’s a safe enough area for the construction crews to deal with on their own,” Mumedy said on Tuesday.

He said these crews understand the inherent risks of possible deep, smoldering embers, “so if they encounter them they have been instructed to call us and we can certainly fix it.”

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Partially collapsed scaffolding after a fire at a partially built apartment complex continues to burn at Sugar House on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. The fire, which began late Oct. 25, has since been turned off.

Any residents whose adjacent apartments suffered damage — such as exterior burns from the fire or water damage caused by nearby fire suppression efforts — were referred to the disaster cleanup companies used by the SLCFD. Neither The Vue nor Sugarmont officials immediately responded to a request for additional information about whether any residents remained displaced due to the damage.

The cause of the massive fire in the heart of Sugar House’s main business district remains a mystery. Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continue to help local authorities investigate how and why it first ignited.

Mumedy said it was the “third or fourth” massive fire like this he has responded to in his 16-year career.

“If you look around the city and the valley here, how much construction we’re doing, those things are extremely rare,” he said of fires like the one that engulfed much of Sugar’s development. Alley. He noted that new builds are generally safe.

It is unclear how long it will take construction crews to complete the demolition of the gutted remains of the building. A California-based spokesperson affiliated with Lowe Property Group, the Salt Lake City developers behind Sugar Alley, said last week that developers intended to rebuild the apartment and retail complex.

As of Tuesday afternoon, air quality in the immediate vicinity of the former fire site was rated as “good,” according to an air quality map of Salt Lake. Officials had initially warned people at the start of the fire to wear N95 or better masks in the area due to smoke concerns.

A damage estimate on the destruction of the fire was not immediately available.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A partially constructed complex continues to smolder and occasionally ignite near 1040 E. 2220 South at Sugar House in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. The fire, which began in the end of October 25, has since died out.

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