Overnight fire burns wooden pallets, semi truck at Salt Lake City recycling center

Overnight fire burns wooden pallets, semi truck at Salt Lake City recycling center

SALT LAKE CITY — A fire in an industrial area of ​​Salt Lake City Thursday morning severely damaged a recycling business and forced the closure of 900 South between 2700 West and 3200 West.

Crews battled the fire at the Pallet Express facility, 3040 W. 900 South, and an adjacent area containing a large number of wooden pallets, fire officials said. About 70 firefighters intervened on the scene.

“Pretty much everything in this property caught fire,” Salt Lake City Fire Capt. Brandt Hancuff told KSL-TV.

Hancuff said there were also “a number of explosions during this fire.” Semi-trucks also caught fire, with tires exploding, he said. Crews fought the fire defensively, focusing on keeping the flames away from large propane tanks in the area.

No injuries were reported.

“Fortunately, we were able to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to other businesses, and I think we’ll be able to keep those businesses from spreading and creating any danger to those properties,” Hancuff said. .

Salt Lake Fire Capt. Chad Jepperson said the main Pallet Express fire burned its perimeters, including Rocky Mountain Recycling to the east and Metro Recycling to the west.

Jepperson also said the heat played a role in fighting the fires as crews had to be rotated in and out and unpredictable wind caused additional difficulties.

As of noon Thursday, the fire was no longer active, but crews planned to monitor it throughout the day and into the night, making sure hot spots didn’t reignite. The roof was also monitored as it sustained significant damage and could be at risk of collapse.

Contributing: Kara Brackin