UTAH

Close call for Salt Lake City firefighter battling blaze

Dec 13, 2018, 12:46 PM | Updated: 12:47 pm
KSL TV

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City firefighter managed to escape without injury after he fell through the floor of a burning building overnight.

Crews were called to 945 South 300 West to respond to the two-alarm fire. The building was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. The building was vacant, but the fire department says it still had power and gas connected, which they had to turn off when they got there.

The firefighter was on the second floor when the building partially collapsed.

“That firefighter went through the floor,” said Battalion Chief Kelly Carter. “Mayday was immediately called, which prompted me to activate the RIC company. By the time RIC gets to the front door, eh’s already self-extricated.”

Carter says RIC stands for Rapid Intervention Crew.

“RIC activation… means crews had to go get him and bring him to medical,” Carter says.

However, by the time crews got to him, he had managed to pull himself free.

“It’s always a big concern of ours, just making sure our people are safe. That’s why we set it up the way we do,” Carter says.

The firefighter who fell did not require medical treatment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Carter says the damage to the building is estimated at about $100,000.

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

Exterior rendering of the Helena Montana Temple. Photo credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter...
Mark Jones

Open house dates for Helena Montana Temple announced

The Helena Montana Temple will be dedicated on Sunday, June 18, The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday.
22 hours ago
Police siren pictured, eagle mountain police in a standoff right now...
Mark Jones

Boy injured after falling from slide at Rose Springs Elementary School

The Tooele County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old boy is in critical but stable condition after falling off a slide at school Monday morning.
22 hours ago
Salt Lake City Police arrested a 31-year-old man Monday morning after he allegedly threatened anoth...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City police arrest man after road rage incident, involving a gun

A 31-year-old man was arrested early Monday morning following a road rage incident. Police say the suspect allegedly threatened another person with a gun.
22 hours ago
Water flows through Mill Creek as snow blankets Millcreek Canyon on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Utah has...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Utah hasn’t had this much snowfall since 2011, according to NWS

The National Weather Service says Utah hasn't seen this kind of snowfall since 2011. The state is currently at 167% of median for Utah.
22 hours ago
Tens of thousands of dead birds are washing up on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Wildlife exper...
Aimee Cobabe

Thousands of dead birds are washing ashore at the Great Salt Lake

Tens of thousands of dead birds are washing up on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Wildlife experts say it's all very normal.
22 hours ago
inversion is pictured in a Herriman neighborhood...
Adam Small

Inversion could build again this week

As of late, Air quality has improved along the Wasatch Front, but inversion may rebuild in the coming days depending on winter storms.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Close call for Salt Lake City firefighter battling blaze