The blaze broke out in the yard of Boyce Welding and Repair located at 7200 West and 2100 South. Unified Fire Authority says no workers were there at the time of the fire. They say the initial call came from a employee at Continental Steel, located directly behind Boyce Welding and Repair.
“We were just freaking out, we didn't know what to do because you know its pallets, it burns pretty fast because its wood,” said Pale Finai, a contractor working under Boyce Welding and Repair.
Finai says when he got to work he was worried some of his co-workers were hurt, but felt relieved to learn they hadn't arrived yet.
“Somebody left a barrel that was on fire that you burn fire inside to keep yourself warm,” said Finai.
Unified Fire Authority and Salt Lake City Fire Department worked together to quickly put the blaze out, but the location proved to be challenging. "There is limited water supply in this area and our crews had to bring hose lines from quite a distance away, a couple of lines over a thousand feet,” said Battalion Chief, Brian Anderton with Unified Fire Authority.
Unified Fire says that challenge is why State Route 201 had to be shut down in both directions allowing water to be brought across the highway. However, firefighters were still able to keep the blaze from spreading to neighboring businesses and homes. "Our primary concern on this fire was protecting the business that was nearby. So our firefighters were able to protect the main body of the business and over the course of the fire it appears several out buildings and sheds were destroyed,” said Chief Anderton.
Finai tells ABC 4 Utah he's just glad nobody was hurt. “It could have spread out more, it could have been worse. Fortunately it didn't turn out that way,” said Finai.
Unified Fire crews remained on scene working out any hotspots throughout the day while investigators determine the exact cause.