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Fire at South Salt Lake auto body shop burns several cars, sends up huge plume of smoke

Fire at South Salt Lake auto body shop burns several cars, sends up huge plume of smoke
Posted at 7:15 PM, Jul 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-07 21:15:26-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah -- Several cars were burned in a fire at a South Salt Lake auto body repair shop Saturday.

Fire burns several cars at Zima Auto in South Salt Lake. Image courtesy Sara Howe.

The fire started around 1:15 p.m. at Zima Auto at 3460 South 500 West.

Fox 13 viewer Sara Howe took the video posted above when the fire was burning:

It was sparked when employees tried to jump a car battery.

When the first call was made, only one car was involved, but by the time firefighters arrived a short time later, seven or eight cars had caught fire.

"There was a lot of weeds in between a lot of fuel to feed the fire and the wind of course didn`t help," Captain Mike Ashida with the South Salt Lake Fire Department said.  "It spread it to the business to the south, but these guys did a good job and made a good knock down on it."

Captain Ashida says it's important to keep weeds and grass trimmed and cut back to avoid a fire like this one from spreading so quickly.