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ATF: Fire at SLC apartment building intentionally set

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Posted at 1:11 PM, Feb 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-18 15:13:55-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A 4-alarm fire at a Salt Lake City apartment building was intentionally set, according to a press release from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

“After five days of extensive scene examination and multipe interviews, investigators have ruled the cause of the fire to be incendiary.  The factors resulting in the finding of incendiary are not being released due to the ongoing investigation,” the ATF press release said.

A joint investigation was conducted at the scene of the fire by the ATF’s National Response Team and the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

A probable cause statement from the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office indicates Dustin J. Bowman admitted to starting the structure fire at 540 E 500 S on February 9.

Since the apartment building was still under construction, the fire was exacerbated by the large amount of exposed wood in the building.

The damage is currently estimated at $6 million.

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