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    Cool Orem has 4 alarm blaze

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    OREM Firefighters were at the scene of a four- alarm fire Friday that affected at least two businesses in Orem.

    Individuals passing by the area of 1461 N. State Street reported the fire around 6:40 p.m., Orem Department of Public Safety Sgt. Craig Martinez said. Flames were first seen through the roof of Maltese Auto, an RV dealer and repair business. But the building houses a number of businesses, including an automobile dealership and repair shop as well as an automobile electric company.

    "It was pretty big and pretty hot for quite a while," Martinez said of the fire.
    Martinez said firefighters from four Orem fire stations and one Provo station responded to the scene, but were unable to get inside the building for almost an hour after the roof of the building collapsed.
    "It wasn't safe for our firefighters," Martinez said.
    No one was in the building when the fire started and all of the businesses were closed. Just after 8 p.m., Martinez said the fire was mostly contained.

    Fire investigators were on-scene, but Martinez said they wouldn't be able to go in to assess the damage or look into the cause of the fire because the roof isn't structurally sound. It was anticipated they would be able to enter the building Friday.

    Two lanes on southbound State Street were shut down while firefighters battled the blaze. Martinez said no other buildings were threatened, but that two families were displaced from a nearby trailer park due to the smoke.

    The Utah branch of the American Red Cross reported that they went to site to provide canteen services to the firefighters.

    Jim Wilson, who has owned the building for 20 years with his brother, said his brother called him and told him that the building was on fire.

    "I thought he was just kidding, but when I found out he was serious I jumped in the car and came over," Wilson said. "By then, all the firefighters were here and they were trying to put out the flames."
    Still, Wilson said his primary concern was safety.
    "Fortunately no one was hurt," he said. "That was the important thing. Buildings can be rebuilt."
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    Post State officals asked to investigate Orem car dealership fire

    State officals asked to investigate Orem car dealership fire


    OREM -- A state fire investigator began to comb through the charred remains of an Orem car dealership Friday in a search for answers about what caused the blaze that destroyed the business.

    Sgt. Craig Martinez of the Orem Department of Public Safety said Friday that the state fire marshal's office had been asked to participate in the investigation because of a conflict of interest. According to Martinez, a member of the Orem Fire Department had an interest in one of the businesses that was affected by the fire.

    Martinez said the cause of the blaze that burned the offices of Auto Buy Here -- located at 1470 N. State St. -- remains unknown. It does not appear to be suspicious, Martinez added, and investigators hope to have some answers by the end of the weekend.

    Section manager Kim Passey of the Utah State Fire Marshal's office said answers could possibly be forthcoming even sooner. But he went on to say that all fires are different and some take much longer to investigate. Passey said Friday that one investigator from his office had been sent to the scene of the blaze.

    Authorities received calls about the blaze at about 6:40 p.m. Thursday night. The fire ultimately ravaged a building constructed 20 years ago by brothers Jim and Ross Wilson, who own Auto Buy Here.


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