Sunday fire may have been arson

ST. GEORGE – Arson is suspected as being the cause of a fire that broke out at a St. George home on Sunday morning.

Authorities were alerted to the fire at 324 S. 300 E. in St. George at 4 a.m. on Dec. 11. The fire is considered to be suspicious because it is the third fire to take place on the property. The first fire occurred in June, while the second happened early Saturday morning.  The home was unoccupied at the time of each incident.

Capt. Jason Whipple of the St. George Fire Department said the Sunday fire was started the back porch, the same location as the Saturday fire as well, only Sunday’s fire proved more destructive. Whipple estimated that roughly $80,000 of property damage was caused by the blaze.

Whipple said the investigation into the fire could take some time.

“It’s like a murder investigation,” he said. “Sometimes fires go undetermined.”

To help lessen the chance the potential perpetrator or perpetrators behind the 300 E. fire does not become undetermined, Whipple asked people to pay special attention to any suspicious activity in the neighborhood where the fire took place.

Anyone with a tip concerning the fire is encouraged to visit Fire Station 1 at 51 S. 100 E. in St. George, or call 435-627-4150.

mkessler@stgnews.com

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