Crews battle fire at Salt Lake City recycling facility amid explosions

Crews battle fire at Salt Lake City recycling facility amid explosions

A large fire at a recycling center in Salt Lake City has been brought under control after burning for several hours, officials said.

The three-alarm incident ignited around midnight at a facility in the area of ​​3000 West and 900 South, prompting the closure of 900 South between 2700 West and 3200 West. The road is expected to remain closed throughout Thursday.

About 70 firefighters battled the blaze, which was complicated by windy conditions and multiple explosions from possible propane tanks inside the building, Salt Lake City Fire Capt. Brandt Hancuff said. CREWS

A 2News crew on the scene heard one of the explosions shortly after arriving.

Hancuff said other explosions heard at the fire scene could be attributed to semi-truck fuel tanks or tires exploding as several tractor trailers and wooden pallets were engulfed in the inferno.

Crews were also protecting the exterior propane tanks, which Hancuff estimated were 500-gallon units.

“It’s very windy out there, it pushed that fire around,” he said. “We had a number of explosions during this fire, so we maintained a defensive structure on that.”

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Firefighters managed to prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring businesses.

No injuries were reported and no one was inside the building when the fire broke out.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Fire crews were expected to remain at the scene into the morning to monitor any hot spots.