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Tom Smart, Deseret News
Residents stand outside an apartment complex at 1621 W. Snow Queen Place where Salt Lake City fire fighters fought a four-alarm fireat the three-story, 24-unit building where six units where a total loss due to fire, several other units suffered smoke and water damage Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — Burning candles left unattended on a second story deck are being blamed as the cause of a destructive four-alarm fire at a Salt Lake City apartment complex over the weekend.

Six units at 1621 W. Snow Queen Place (1675 South) were gutted by the Sunday morning fire and another 10 suffered smoke and water damage.

Eight tenants were treated for minor injuries. One person was injured by breaking a window with his bare hands to escape. Another jumped from a second story balcony.

Investigators on Tuesday announced they had determined that burning candles likely ignited other flammable items on the deck.

The fire was determined to be accidental so the tenant who left the burning candles will not face charges and the case is closed, said Salt Lake fire spokesman Jasen Asay.

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