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Residents of six apartments displaced in Salt Lake fire

Firefighters attend to an apartment building fire at 740 E. Browning Ave. in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
Firefighters attend to an apartment building fire at 740 E. Browning Ave. in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
Salt Lake City Fire Department

SALT LAKE CITY — A fire displaced residents from six apartments and caused severe damage to four of those units Tuesday afternoon.

The fire at 740 E. Browning Ave. (1420 South) was reported around 3:35 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find the fire raging both inside and outside the southwest corner of the three-story complex, including inside the attic, said Salt Lake fire spokesman Jasen Asay.

The seven residents living in all six apartments in the building are temporarily displaced by the fire, which caused $75,000 in damage, Asay said. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to provide living arrangements for those affected.

One woman was treated at the scene of the fire for smoke inhalation and anxiety, Asay said.

Four apartments sustained heavy fire damage and significant water damage also resulted inside the complex. Asay said the fire originated in a rear stairwell on the outside of the building. The cause of the fire was still being investigated Tuesday.

Asay said extra firefighters were called to the building because of dry fire conditions and due to the hot weather causing problems for the crews.

"Wearing all their gear, working in the hot sun, it can be exhausting," he said.