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July 27, 2021

Fire affecting traffic, transit on North Temple in Salt Lake City, authorities say

SALT LAKE CITY — A large fire is affecting traffic and public transit in Salt Lake City on Tuesday morning.

The fire began shortly before 7 a.m. at a commercial building near 1625 W. North Temple, according to Salt Lake Fire Department officials. Flames and smoke could be seen going up from the building in the area.

Fire crews were able to control the blaze without any injuries, according to the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

The building, which was previously a Chinese restaurant, was boarded up before the fire, but partially collapsed during the fire, according to Salt Lake City Fire Department Battalion Chief Dan Walker. About 25-30 firefighters were at the scene Tuesday morning, but the cause of the fire is still unknown, he said.

Eastbound lanes of North Temple are currently closed at Redwood Road due to the fire. The road is estimated to reopen about 10 a.m., according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

A bus bridge was in place for the TRAX green line train between the Fairpark and Airport stations because trains were unable to proceed through the area while crews fought the fire, according to the Utah Transit Authority. The bus bridge was lifted shortly before 9 a.m. and trains are now moving through the area at reduced speeds, UTA said. Passengers should still expect delays.

We’re working on gathering more information and will be updating this story throughout the morning.

Contributing: John Wojcik, KSL NewsRadio


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