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Fire damages Main Street boutique in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — A fire inside a Salt Lake business caused heavy damage Monday.

Just before 6:30 a.m., smoke was detected coming from a building at 1381 S. Main that houses several businesses, said Salt Lake fire spokesman Jasen Asay. A fire station is located directly across the street and crews quickly determined the fire was coming from Kitoko Boutique.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire on the main floor in 10 minutes, Asay said. They then spotted fire in a second floor area that they had to crawl through a heating vent to access.

The fire on the second floor was in an area that was once used as living quarters, according to Asay. Firefighters also found stairs that went down to the first floor, but the stairs led to an area that was now walled off, he said. Investigators were checking Monday to see if that constituted any safety code violations.

No one was inside the business when firefighters arrived and no one was injured. But Asay said it took crews a little longer than normal to clear the building.

"Because it's a boutique, there were a lot of mannequins on the floor which hindered our search in the beginning because as our firefighters were crawling through searching for people, they'd come across mannequins and had to quickly identify they weren't people," he said.

Main Street was shut down in both directions during the morning commute as crews battled the fire. The cause of the blaze was still being investigated Monday.


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