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A fight involving Vietnamese and Hispanic groups erupted Thursday afternoon in North Salt Lake. The incident is under investigation, but charges have not been filed, according to North Salt Lake police detective Paul Arnold.

The dispute apparently was a personal conflict involving two employees of Companion Systems, a North Salt Lake firm that fabricates ATM machine covers, and it was not racially motivated, Arnold said.The 3:45 p.m. incident on 400 West and 300 North resulted in minor injuries to four people, and the windows of a car were broken out, Arnold said.

"There was a personal problem between two of the employees, and it escalated when friends of one of them showed up at the scene," Arnold said. "Although it does involve two different ethnic groups, Hispanic and Vietnamese, I don't believe at this time that it was racially motivated," he said.

Arnold said none of the people involved suffered more than minor injuries, and all were back to work the next day.

His investigation has been hampered by a language barrier, Arnold said. He expects to have an interpreter available this week to assist with questioning.

"After we piece together the whole story, we'll take it to the county attorney to be reviewed," Arnold said.