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Fire burns through vacant building in Provo

By Paige Fieldsted - Daily Herald - | Mar 25, 2014

PROVO — Two duplexes scheduled for demolition went up in flames early Monday morning.

Fire crews responded to the blaze just before 1 a.m. Monday at 4833 N. Edgewood Drive in Provo. Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield said the two duplexes were among several duplexes and homes on the property that are scheduled to be razed. Four Provo fire stations responded to the scene.

Schofield said both buildings were set on fire intentionally and that there was no electricity or gas running to either building that could have caused an accidental fire.

Schofield added that one of the buildings would be considered a complete loss had someone been living in it, but because the two buildings will be torn down the damage is listed at $5,000 for each building.

This is the second fire in a vacant Provo building in March, and Schofield said they are investigating the possibility the two fires are connected.

The first fire happened at about 2 a.m. March 13 at 262 E. 700 North in Provo. Schofield said that fire was started intentionally. There was also no electricity to that home, and Schofield said some sort of accelerant was used to start the fire. He estimated the fire damage to be between $30,000 and $40,000 but said because of smoke and heat damage the home will likely be a total loss.

Schofield said that while both fires are being investigated, he doesn’t believe the two incidents are connected because the homes aren’t in the same geographical location and have different owners.

According to county records, the duplexes and surrounding property are owned by Tigriswoods LLC and were purchased in 2010. Records show the home at 262 E. 700 North is owned by Adolfo and Roberta Guzman. Schofield said the Guzmans live in Arizona and also own an apartment building near the home that burned.

“In both instances there are things that make it very clear the fires were intentionally set, but other than those commonalities there isn’t much connection,” Schofield said. “We are not sure yet if they are connected but we are still investigating.”

Anyone with information on either fire is asked to call Provo Fire at (801) 652-6321.

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