Another suspicious fire was started on Friday morning, about 5:45 a.m. in the area around Bear River High School. This is the fourth suspicious fire in that area in the past week. A small camp trailer parked along side a house about 780 North 100 East was apparently set on fire. A neighbor saw it and reacted, said Tremonton police chief Dave Nance. “They called it in (to dispatch) and alerted the home owner. The home owner was able to get the fire under control pretty quick and keep it under control until the fire department arrived.”
The efforts by the homeowner and a neighbor kept the fire from spreading to the home nearby, although flames were in the eaves of the house when firefighters arrived.
An investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office in underway.
Because this time the fire was set inside a trailer, “a habitable structure,” charges are raised to aggravated arson, a first degree felony, according to Andy Marchant of Tremonton Police. Estimated loss was over $2,000. He said all the fires, which included two vehicle fires and one set near the school’s football field, have occurred within a hour timeframe, 5-6 a.m., and within a half mile radius. It appears no accelerants have been used in any of the fires, but they have all been started in cushions or seating material.
The owner of the trailer said it was locked, but the lock did not hold securely.
“We have interviewed a lot of people but nothing has panned out yet,” Marchant said of the fires.
Chief Nance urges local residents to lock all vehicles at night. “Be vigilant in the early morning hours and keep an eye open for anything suspicious going on.” Nance said this fire “seems to be the area (of the high school) where we are getting the majority of the activity.” If you have any suspicions call the PD 435-257-9555 or 435-257-3131.