Fire destroys vacant restaurant on State Street in Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Firefighters in Salt Lake City are working to contain a commercial fire on State Street in Salt Lake City Thursday afternoon.

According to Caption Anthony Burton, Salt Lake City Fire Department, they were called at 11:30 a.m. by someone who saw smoke coming from the building. When they arrived, the building was fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters with Salt Lake Fire and South Salt Lake Fire Departments worked from the outside to contain the fire, as the roof had partially collapsed.

The building, a Sconecutter, located at 2040 south state street, has been vacant for some time and all the utilities had already been shut off.

All lanes of southbound State Street are blocked just north of the fire as crews continue working on the active fire.

A suspect, Benjamin Harris Dillman, 51, has been arrested for arson in the case. Police say witnesses saw him light a nearby bush on fire, which then spread to the building. He faces one count of first-degree felony aggravated arson.

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