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Fire rips through medical offices in Midvale Sunday

Unified Fire Authority firefighters check for hot spots at the scene of a fire at Union Center offices at 7001 S. 900 East, Midvale, on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.
Unified Fire Authority firefighters check for hot spots at the scene of a fire at Union Center offices at 7001 S. 900 East, Midvale, on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.
Annie Barker, Deseret News

MIDVALE — Unified Fire Authority and crews from several nearby agencies fought a fire in a Midvale business office complex for several hours Sunday.

Unified spokesman Ryan Love said crews were called to the Union Center office building, 7001 S. 900 East, about 9 a.m. Sunday on reports of a fire. Love described the structure as a brick-and-mortar building with about 15 medical businesses inside that was closed for the weekend.

There was “light smoke” visible when crews arrived, and firefighters entered the building and tried to move to the second floor where the fire was coming from.

Businesses at the Union Center at 7001 S. 900 East, Midvale, were severely damaged by fire on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.
Businesses at the Union Center at 7001 S. 900 East, Midvale, were severely damaged by fire on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.
Annie Barker, Deseret News

“It was simply too hot for us to continue,” Love said, “so we moved all our fighters outside to a protected position and fought the fire defensively for a little while.”

Love said there were 80 to 100 firefighters on scene from various agencies, including the Unified, Sandy, South Jordan and Murray fire departments. Investigators are at the scene, Love said. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Unified Fire Authority crews work at the scene of a fire at Union Center offices at 7001 S. 900 East, Midvale, on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.
Unified Fire Authority crews work at the scene of a fire at Union Center offices at 7001 S. 900 East, Midvale, on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.
Annie Barker, Deseret News