A fire spread from a trash container to a refrigerated food truck at an industrial park Sunday evening, barbecuing boxloads of frozen chicken and other foods.
Salt Lake Fire Battalion Chief Gene Warr said the fire caused extensive damage to the delivery truck and its contents at the loading dock of Professional Food System, 1972 S. 4370 West.Warr said the initial report at about 6:40 p.m. said the fire was at an adjacent business, Unistrut Intermountain, which was believed to contain explosive materials.
Based on that report, Salt Lake City and West Valley City firefighting units were dispatched to the blaze as a precaution, Warr said.
What firefighters found was an "extremely hot" trash container fire that had melted the side of a refrigerator truck and burned through to the boxes of frozen foods. The Professional Food System building sustained some minor smoke damage.
No one was working at the complex at the time, and none of the firefighters was injured, Warr said.
The fire was brought under control within a few minutes, but firefighters then were put to work emptying the truck of the soggy, smoked food. Warr said the cause of the fire is under investigation.