Arson? Provo firefighters douse second blaze in vacant house

Published June 10, 2014 8:38 am

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For the second time in less than two months, Provo firefighters responded to a suspicious blaze in a vacant downtown home.

This time, the call came in about 5:30 a.m., just before dawn on Tuesday. The same structure, located near 1600 West and Center Street, also ignited on April 22. At the time, fire investigators suspected it was one of a series of possible arson cases.

By 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, the flames from this most recent fire had been snuffed.

Ironically, the home reportedly had been consigned to demolition after the last fire heavily damaged it. That process will now be delayed as the latest blaze is investigated.

No one was inside the boarded-up home and no firefighters were injured, said Provo Fire Battalion Chief Jeremy Headman.

Once again, investigators will be looking at the cause of a fire at the residence, fearful a serial arsonist may have resumed his or her obsession.


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