LOCAL NEWS

3 vacant house fires spark in one week in SLC’s Ballpark neighborhood

Dec 2, 2022, 10:46 PM

SALT LAKE CITYSalt Lake City firefighters were once again called to a house fire in the Ballpark neighborhood. That makes three fires at the same row of vacant homes in just the past week.

“It’s the exact same cast of characters over and over and over and over again,” said Jason Marsh of Lockhart Enterprises.

You can hear the frustration in his voice, especially since the latest fire, the third at these vacant homes in just the past week, happened Friday morning.

“I understand it’s very cold outside, but most of the time, they’ll light the fires and they’ll leave,” he said.

“It’s just the Wild West,” Marsh added. “It’s free rein, and all of us property owners are just sitting back, wondering ‘what if our place burns down?'”

City leaders are aware of the issues along Major Street the past two years.

Amy Hawkins, who chairs the community council for the Ballpark neighborhood, has been to countless meetings about them.

“Most of the residents and business owners on this street are tired of this,” Hawkins said.

She said a big part of the issue is the man who owns all four of the homes hasn’t sold them and may not be willing to until the price is right.

In the meantime, all the boarded up windows, doors, no trespassing signs and fences haven’t worked to keep people from breaking into them.

“Is it going to be fines? Is it going to be an emergency demolition? I mean, just this week alone, this has cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars,” Hawkins said.

And it’s not just fires many people are worried about.

“It’s bringing in lots of drug traffic and lots of homelessness,” said Dan Dalton of Davis Distributing. “Customers kind of just being worried about their vehicles, parking their vehicles out there.”

While KSL TV’s Alex Cabrero was out there Friday, getting video of the houses, a friend of the man who owns them came by, just asking what he was doing. Cabrero explained, then gave the man his business card, saying we would love to hear the owner’s side of the story, but so far, we have not heard back.

For those who live and work in the area, though, they’re just hoping something changes soon.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

man holds gun...

Shelby Lofton

Expert breaks down how far someone can legally go to protect their Utah property

A tense interaction between a snowboarder and a Brighton man has started conversation on Utah's trespassing laws, and now an expert is weighing in.

5 hours ago

New homes during construction. (Ray Boone, KSL News)...

Daniel Woodruff

Battle brewing between Utah builders, cities over home inspections

SB185, which passed the Senate this week and awaits a vote in the House of Representatives, could allow builders to pick their own inspectors.

5 hours ago

The stage of the Tabernacle Choir as they perform in Manila. (Dan Rascon, KSL News)...

Dan Rascon

Tabernacle choir performs unforgettable concert in Manila

It was a night not to be forgotten in the Philippines as the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performed  its first major concert before thousands of Filipinos at the Mall of Asia’s 9,000 set arena.

6 hours ago

Police are asking for help in locating the driver in a hit-and-run that sent a Sandy mother and her...

Shara Park

Sandy police seeking help in locating vehicle involved in a hit-and-run

Police are asking for help in locating the driver in a hit-and-run that sent a Sandy mother and her teenage daughter to the hospital.

7 hours ago

Keith Sorenson opens a tool shed to display the tools of the trade. (Stuart Johnson, KSL News)...

Alex Cabrero

Taylorsville heritage center reclaims stolen historic anvils

A pair of historically-significant anvils were finally returned to Taylorsville after being stolen two years ago.

8 hours ago

Herriman police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 76-year-old Joe Vakuata. (Herriman ...

Mark Jones

UPDATE: Herriman police find missing 76-year-old man safe

Herriman police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing 76-year-old man.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

3 vacant house fires spark in one week in SLC’s Ballpark neighborhood