SALT LAKE CITY — A production crew filming a movie for a 48-hour film festival caught a grass fire on tape as it burned about two acres Saturday morning, not far from the Tesoro oil refinery.
Cause of the fire remained unknown Saturday as fire crews continued with cleanup and their investigation into the blaze, which began about 6 a.m. The fire, which was called in as a grass fire, turned into a three-alarm fire as firefighters battled flames in a salvage yard filled with tires, wood piles, wood pallets and several trees as fuel.
No injuries or evacuations were reported as a result of the blaze.
The refinery's private fire department was called and was able to keep the fire from reaching the plant but it spread to the back of a neighboring business, The Garage, a local bar on Beck, 1199 N. Beck Street in Salt Lake.
The business was largely unharmed by the fire, according to officials, though there was some infringement from radiant heat on the outside, and some minor damage to the sheetrock where crews tore into walls. The business is expected to be closed for about two weeks
"It was just crazy. It was a crazy thing," said Preston Wood of Love Communications who was filming at The Garage on Beck when one of the crew went outside and noticed the fire. "We're like, 'oh no, all our cars are parked there.' All of a sudden it's pure chaos. The fire takes over instantly."
The Garage on Beck, described as a roadside bar and grill featuring entertainment, was inbetween a two-concert series, Friday and Saturday with "Andre Williams and the Gold Stars". Because of the fire, Saturday's concert was moved to the Gallivan Center.
Contributing: Jeff Finley