WASHINGTON TERRACE -- A fire suspected to have been started by a blowtorch caused minor damage to a duplex Friday morning in Washington Terrace.
The fire, at 284 E. 5000 South was reported around 9:30 a.m., said Kasey Bush, chief of the Washington Terrace Fire Department.
Bush declined to release the identity of the duplex owner.
A worker was using the torch to repair some water pipes in the basement of the duplex and set a stud in the wall on fire, Bush said.
Firefighters were able to make a quick attack and contain the fire to the basement wall.
The fire burned some sheetrock and the wall stud. Cost estimates to repair the damage were not available.
The duplex was vacant and no one was injured. Residents who live in an adjoining duplex unit were evacuated. They declined to comment.
It took firefighters about 10 minutes to get the blaze under control. About 15 firefighters from the Washington Terrace, Ogden, South Ogden and Riverdale fire departments responded with three engines. The firefighters remained on the scene for about two hours.
Traffic was rerouted off 5000 South near the fire scene.