Vivint Employees Safe After Building Burns in Utah
Rooftop fire at Vivint call center and warehouse near Salt Lake City forces evacuation of hundreds of employees at the security and home automation firm.
This morning, a fire broke out at the Lindon, Utah, offices of Vivint, a major national security and home automation service provider.
About 300 Vivint employees at the call-center and warehouse location were forced to evacuate the building, and more were evacuated from two adjacent buildings. One firefighter was injured and two Vivint employees were treated for minor smoke inhalation, according to several reports from local news outlets.
Chief Cody Cullimore with the Lindon Police Department says the fire likely was caused by heat tape in the roof that was intended to keep the gutters from freezing.
The fire evidently smoldered through the afternoon but now appears to be extinguished.
Vivint COO David Bywater told the local Daily Herald that everyone was safe and customers are being taken care of.
KSL 5 News reporter Sam Penrod reports via Twitter that call-center operations have been moved to the Vivint sales, marketing and management offices in Provo, Utah.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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