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Man arrested in connection with West Valley City apartment arson, officials say

By Garna Mejia, KSL TV and Jen Riess, KSL.com | Updated - Feb. 2, 2020 at 2:40 p.m. | Posted - Feb. 1, 2020 at 9:17 p.m.



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WEST VALLEY CITY — A man has been arrested in connection with a two-alarm apartment fire in West Valley City on Saturday night that was intentionally set, officials said on Sunday.

West Valley City Police tweeted Sunday that Luis Fernando Bueso-Romero, 21, has been booked on suspicion of attempted homicide and arson. He was located near the men's resource center in South Salt Lake, they said.

Calls came in at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday for officials to respond to Overlook Point at 4612 S. 2930 West. Witnesses say they saw a man throw a Molotov cocktail that ignited the flames into the window of a basement apartment, according to police. Officials believe the incident may have started with an argument with the suspect and a woman.

West Valley City Fire confirmed on Twitter on Sunday that the fire was an arson and said police will take over the investigation from here. They estimate the damage to the apartments at $250,000 and said five of the eight apartment units are habitable, while three are being inspected for safety.

Officials said Saturday there have been no injuries reported.

At least five fire engines responded to the scene Saturday as flames spread north and south from the complex. All eight units in the complex were evacuated.

Contributing: KSL TV; Graham Dudley, KSL.com

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