2 overnight fires: Semi becomes engulfed in flames on I-80, fire starts near refinery

Officials say a semi coming down Parley’s Canyon on I-80 Westbound caught fire around midnight. (Photo: Morgan Saxton /KUTV)

(KUTV) — Crews are still cleaning up after two fires broke out in the Salt Lake valley on Sunday night.

Firefighters first responded to a 3-alarm field fire near the refineries, then extinguished a semi-truck fire on Interstate-80.

Officials say a semi coming down Parley’s Canyon on I-80 Westbound caught fire around midnight.

“We see this often,” said Capt. Mark Taylor, with the Salt Lake Fire Department.

It was fully engulfed and caused damage to the road and a small brush fire, according to police who believe the fire started with the brakes.

The truck is a total lose, however the driver escaped safely.

Unified Fire Authority was called to assist, because Salt Lake crews were tied up a field fire a few miles north.

Around 10:30 p.m. a driver noticed a fire near the refineries along Beck Street in north Salt Lake.

When crews arrived flames were about 30-feet high, according to Capt. Dan Marlowe with the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Crews said windy weather didn’t help matters.

The fire was attacked from north and south and was under control before it hit the refinery, Capt. Marlowe said.

Because of the location of the fire there were no hydrants available, so they had to bring in water trucks. When the I-80 fire popped up Salt Lake had to call in back-up.

"Since our tenders were already committed to (the NSL) fire, so we simply went to our second-row tenders which the Utah National Guard,” Capt. Marlowe said. “It doesn't happen everyday, but it's not unusual ... We have a third line if we need it."

The cause of the fire near the refinery is still under investigation.

No one was injured and property damaged, according to officials.


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