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Early morning fire suspicious

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
By theleader

A early morning vehicle fire on Tuesday that destroyed a pickup truck in Holmgren Estates is being called suspicious following an investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office.
The vehicle's owner reported the fire about 5 a.m., after being awakened when the horn in his 2001 S-10 extended cab pickup went off. Tremonton fire crews responded to 834 N. 500 E., but the cab of the truck was fully engulfed when they arrived, Chief Steve Batis said. It was a total loss.
"We are considering it suspicious," Batis said, "because there was no ignition source where the fire originated." The driver's door of the truck was not lock, he added. Loss to the truck and work equipment inside was estimated at $3,000.
Tremonton and Garland police have also been looking into other unusual activities around the Bear River High School area in the recent past that may also be linked to the Tuesday morning blaze. All have occurred at about the same hour of the morning, including another fire on the high school football field last week and vandalism on the driving range, according to Tremonton police chief Dave Nance. Those incidents add to the theory that the vehicle fire was deliberately set.
"We are asking for the public's help," Nance said. " If anyone has seen anything suspicious early in the morning in the last month, we would like them to call us or Garland police. We are working together on this."

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