OGDEN -- Compressed natural gas that escaped from canisters likely played a significant role in fueling a fire and explosions that demolished a business on Monday, according to city fire officials.
The blaze and blasts that destroyed a 1,500- square-foot storage building at 105 West 7th St. owned by Innovative Transportation did not cause any injuries but could have been deadly, said City Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson.
"We feel very fortunate that it didn't kill some of our firefighters or injure people in the neighborhood," he said.
Innovative Transportation sells compressed natural gas conversion kits for motor vehicles, said Thueson. Although the ignition source has not been pinpointed, it's possible gas leaking from CNG canisters helped start the blaze, he added.
The fire destroyed three vans, two trucks, an airport shuttle and a forklift.
Damages to the building and its contents are estimated around $170,000, said Thueson.
The Ogden and North View fire departments responded to the blaze with 28 personnel, who manned two fire engines, three ladder trucks, two ambulances, a rescue truck and a brush truck.
It took about an hour to knock down the fire. Dozens of spectators watched firefighters battle the blaze, which spewed thick black smoke visible for miles.