An overnight fire has been contained at the Orem Utah Temple, which is currently under construction.
Church spokesperson Doug Andersen says that flames became visible inside the temple late Monday night.
“Just before midnight on Monday, July 25, flames became visible inside the Orem Utah Temple, which is currently under construction. The source of the fire is not yet known, but it is believed that the fire started on the third floor of the temple. Foam was used to extinguish the fire as much as possible, which limited water damage to the construction site. Damage is still being evaluated this morning. The Church is grateful to the Orem Fire Department for their quick response,” Andersen wrote in an email to LDS Living.
KSL reports that neighbors and motorists saw smoke coming from the temple at about 11:10 p.m. Monday. When crews arrived, they found “very light smoke” and minimal fire activity in a third-floor utility room. The fire was quickly extinguished.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Construction on the Orem Utah Temple began in September 2020. No completion date has been announced.