Gas line fuels early morning blaze at Layton hardware store

Jul 25 2013 - 8:23am

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HVAC crews clean up the scene of a fire at a Layton Ace Hardware store. Photo courtesy Layton Public Safety.
Scorch marks on the ceiling of an Ace Hardware Store that caught fire. Photo courtesy Layton Public Safety.
HVAC crews clean up the scene of a fire at a Layton Ace Hardware store. Photo courtesy Layton Public Safety.
Scorch marks on the ceiling of an Ace Hardware Store that caught fire. Photo courtesy Layton Public Safety.

LAYTON -- Fire officials are investigating what caused an early morning blaze at a hardware store in Layton.

Fire crews observed flames as high as six feet coming from the roof of the Ace Hardware store located at 1330 E. State Route 193 when they responded to the 1:37 a.m. call.

The flames were coming near the building's heating and air conditioning unit and was fueled by a natural gas line, according to a Layton Fire Department news release.

The gas line was shut off and crews deployed ladders and extended hoses to the roof.

Fire damaged the roof's seal layer around the unit and scorched the metal under decking of the roof, the release said. Suppression time for fire control was approximately 15 minutes.

Crews had to remove approximately six feet of the roof seal around the unit. Water did enter the building and some contents on the retail floor area were damaged. Fire Crews assisted the store manager with removing the water from the floor and according to the manager the store will resume business as scheduled at 8 a.m.

Power was restored to the building with the assistance of Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas will restore all gas appliances at daylight.

"This portion of the commercial strip mall is fire sprinkler protected" said Layton Fire spokesman Doug Bitton. "None of the fire sprinklers activated."

Investigators are looking close at the natural gas line as a cause of the fire. Damage to the building and contents is approximately $50,000.

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