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3 car fires reported in Utah during scorching afternoon

The Salt Lake City Fire Department responds to a rollover accident that caused a brush fire near 3000 West on I-80 on Monday, July 22, 2019.
The Salt Lake City Fire Department responds to a rollover accident that caused a brush fire near 3000 West on I-80 on Monday, July 22, 2019.
Salt Lake City Fire Department

SALT LAKE CITY — A rollover crash on the highway caused a brush fire on Monday afternoon, the Salt Lake City Fire Department said. It was one of three car fires reported along the Wasatch Front in a span of several hours amid scorching heat.

A car was driving eastbound on I-80 near 3000 West when it hit the barrier, flipped over, and started the fire, Capt. Tony Stowe said. The fire was called in around 2:45 p.m.

The driver of the car was taken to the University of Utah Hospital burn unit, but Stowe said he did not know the driver's condition.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which spread to an estimated two or three acres.

Around the same time, another car fire shut down northbound traffic on I-15 near Parrish Lane, Centerville police reported. By 4:20 p.m., all lanes of traffic had reopened, according to a tweet from South Davis Metro Fire.

A third car fire was reported Monday afternoon on I-84 at the Highway 89 junction in the South Weber area of Davis County. The fire caused one westbound lane to shut down as of 3:43 p.m.