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Fire causes evacuation of Salt Lake parolee facility

Published: Wednesday, March 9 2016 10:45 p.m. MST

A fire ignited inside the Orange Street Community Correctional Center on Wednesday, leading to 26 residents being temporarily relocated.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A fire ignited inside the Orange Street Community Correctional Center on Wednesday, leading to 26 residents being temporarily relocated.

The residents, all women, were allowed to take a few belongings with them to the Atherton Community Treatment Center in West Valley City, said Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Adams.

The fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. inside a bedroom at the affected facility, 80 S. Orange St. (1900 West), according to Adams. The sprinkler system also caused flooding in the center's housing area, she said.

The affected facility houses parolees, according to information on the Department of Corrections' website.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated Wednesday night.

A corrections officer who put out the fire with an extinguisher was taken to a hospital as a precaution, Adams said. In all, six people besides the center's residents were inside the building at the time.

It was unknown Wednesday how long the center's residents would remain evacuated.

— Ben Lockhart

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