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ARSON BLAMED IN W.V. BLAZE

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Firefighters from three agencies battled a stubborn blaze that an investigator determined was caused by arson, while gusty winds fanned the Tuesday afternoon blaze through a vacant wooden building.

A South Salt Lake firefighter injured his leg while fighting the blaze and was sent to St. Marks Hospital, where he was in fair condition, a nursing supervisor said. Bill Fishback was injured when a fire hose broke and lashed him with nearly 200 pounds of pressure, said South Salt Lake firefighter Kevin Bowman. Fishback was scheduled to undergo minor surgery Wednesday morning.The blaze caused between $60,000 and $70,000 in damage to the 50-by-100-foot vacant building at approximately 1535 West 35th South, just east of Chris and Dick's, said West Valley Battalion Chief Jeff Scharman.

"When our units arrived, the building was fully involved," he said.

Firefighters had a hard time controlling the fire because they were hampered by strong southerly winds, he said. "It was a good half hour to 45 minutes before we got it under control."

"That wind was just like a giant bellows," said West Valley Fire Capt. Regan Perez. Arson investigator and fire marshall John Blundell is following several leads on the cause of the fire, Perez said Wednesday.