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Arson possible in apartment complex fire

By Shara Park, | Posted - Aug 19th, 2014 @ 7:22am

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SALT LAKE CITY — Investigators suspect arson at an apartment complex under construction in Salt Lake City.

“There was no good reason for a fire to be going on in there,” said Capt. Ed Endemano of the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

A Salt Lake City police officer spotted the fire near 500 South and 300 East early Tuesday morning and alerted fire crews.

“When we first arrived there was fire we could see from the street,” Endemano said.

Crews kicked down a fence surrounding the building and doused the flames within about 10 minutes. Endemano said the fire is suspicious.

“It’s summertime; there are no heaters turned on to try to keep things warm for the construction people. There was absolutely no reason for a fire to start in there,” he said.

Crews found PVC pipes, fittings, packaging materials, cardboard and pallets had burned in a cemented area of the structure. The fire left about $20,000 in damage.

The cause of the fire is listed as "undetermined" but is suspicious because there was no power connected to the building, the Salt Lake Fire Department tweeted later Tuesday morning.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Compiled by: Linda Williams


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