Ogden City fire officials asking for help from the public to find who intentionally started a fire that charred 12 acres and surrounded homes and an apartment complex near the mouth of Ogden Canyon early Tuesday morning.
As the arson investigation continued Wednesday Ogden Fire Deputy Chief Eric Bauman said they still have no leads in the case and need the public’s help in finding the culprit.
Ogden Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson confirmed Tuesday evening that "we did find items at the scene" that indicated someone started the fire. Thueson did not elaborate on what those items were.
"It is human-caused," Bauman previously had said. "It looks that it was deliberately set ... that has got us concerned."
The blaze started at 6:30 a.m., about a quarter-mile west of the mouth of the canyon, which is also 12th Street and State Road 39. About 60 homes were evacuated, including a nearby apartment complex, but evacuations were lifted around 9:30 a.m.
Damage was mostly to fences, but one resident’s siding and rain gutter was melted and her windows cracked from the heat.
Anyone with information or who saw any suspicious activity or cars near State Road 39 (Ogden Canyon Rd.) and Valley Road prior to 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday should call Ogden Police at 801-629-8029.
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