SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Fire trucks surrounded 122 South Main around 3:30 Tuesday morning while crews worked to contain a 4-alarm fire that ignited in the basement of the building.
“A hole was burned through the floor and fire was coming up from the basement,” said Salt Lake City Fire Chief Mark Bednarik.
That basement houses the Utah Film Center,a non-profit organization offering free screenings to the community, outreach programs in Utah public schools and two yearly film festivals.
Now extensive damage could impact their operation for quite some time.
“The fire in the basement was pretty hot and pretty intense. We were working this fire from both the front side and the back of Main Street. So firefighters were all over this incident,” said Chief Bednarik.
Fortunately no one was hurt but on top of battling the fire, a gas leak was discovered in the basement. UTA shut down a portion of TRAX and put a bus bridge in place to allow crews to work.
“A lot of the challenges we faced were the complexity of the building in locating the fire. Also, the very close adjacent structures. A lot of these business share a wall where most places share a little bit of landscape between them and their adjacent partners,” said Chief Bednarik.
60 to 65 firefighters worked to get the fire out. As of late Tuesday morning investigators were still trying to determine what exactly caused the blaze in the first place.
The Utah Film Center tweeted about the fire and provided a link for those who wish to help: