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Sprinklers prevented potentially deadly arson fire, officials say

By Pat Reavy | Posted - May 6th, 2014 @ 8:04am



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SALT LAKE CITY — Fire officials say an apartment complex's overhead sprinkler system prevented a potentially deadly situation over the weekend.

A 33-year-old woman was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of aggravated arson about 3 a.m. Saturday after police say she attempted to set the bed in her apartment, in the 200 South block of Rio Grande, on fire. Salt Lake fire spokesman Jasen Asay said the fire would likely have spread if not for the complex's overhead sprinklers.

The woman told police that she "intentionally started her bed spread on fire in her apartment to get the attention of the police as she could not find her phone," a Salt Lake County Jail report states.

About 10 residents evacuated the building after the fire department arrived. The fire was contained to the one room, Asay said.

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