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Fire at Riverwoods Mall in Provo is being investigated as arson

Published April 11, 2014 12:42 pm

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A three-alarm fire that heavily damaged several abandoned buildings near Provo's Riverwoods Mall complex early Friday is being investigated as arson.

Provo public safety dispatchers say the first 911 call from the area of 4800 North and Edgewood Drive came in at 3:02 a.m.

No injuries were reported, and firefighters had controlled the blaze and were still mopping up hot spots as the day dawned around 7 a.m.

Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield said two of the three buildings that crews found fully engulfed in flames Friday morning had been the target of another suspected arson just three weeks ago.

"We definitely have somebody working this area as an arsonist," he said. "No one's been hurt at this point, but we definitely would like to take this person off the streets."

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