Investigators: Fires at Utah fraternity houses are cases of arson

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-13 13:17:46-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Officials said they believe the fires at two University of Utah fraternity houses were intentionally set.

Back on July 3, the upper rec. room of one house was torched and the second house had mainly water and smoke damage.

Investigators said the suspect used gasoline to start the fires and got into the houses on Greek Row through unlocked doors.

The fraternities issued a joint statement which said in part:

“We are thankful no one was hurt during this fire. Chapter members responded effectively evacuating the house and notifying the fire department. The efforts and rapid response of the fire department thankfully prevented this from becoming a tragedy.”

The fires are still under investigation.

The university has provided housing to the displaced students.

If you have any information, the Salt Lake City Fire Department would like to hear from you at (801) 799-3000.