SJPD seeks info in arson investigation-Anyone w/ info on the whereabouts of this individual please call 801-840-4000 pic.twitter.com/qiW9r6xsZY
— South Jordan City (@SouthJordanUT) July 15, 2016
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, July 15, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — South Jordan City has released a video of a person of interest in the arson investigation of a fire Monday night that destroyed two homes under construction.
The video was posted to the city’s Twitter account in hopes that someone will recognize the individual seen running from the direction of the homes a few minutes before the fire was reported.
Tina Brown, spokeswoman for South Jordan City, said investigators have determined the fire was arson, and an active investigation was opened to find out who is responsible for the fires that fully engulfed both homes.
South Jordan City Fire Department Battalion Chief Clay Miller told Gephardt Daily that crews they responded to 9744 Lazy River Cove at 11:26 p.m. on reports of smoke and flames coming from two newly constructed homes.
“When we we arrived, we established one home was a complete loss and the second home was fully involved,” Miller said.
In addition to the homes, two large construction dumpsters were also on fire.
Neighbor Wesley Dashner said he was just returning home when he rounded a corner and saw flames shooting from a newly framed house.
“I drove up and the whole area was lit up,” Dashner said.
“The one house had just been framed and was totally on fire and the home next door was just starting to burn. I raced home, checked on my parents, and called 911.”
The homes were being built by Bangerter Homes and one was scheduled to be in the upcoming Parade of Homes. In a post on its Facebook page, Bangerter Homes thanked the South Jordan City Fire Department for its diligent work to keep the community safe.
“We are heartbroken for the sweet family who was ready to move into their dream home. We hope to rebuild quickly and are so grateful no one was hurt during this tragic incident.”
A third home was also damaged due to the intense, heat which melted a backyard fence and several window frames.
Neither houses that burned were was. An estimate of damage is over $1 million, and Miller said homes in this area generally sell for around $400K each. Both homes were a total loss.
There were no reports of injuries.
Anyone who recognizes the individual or has any information is asked to contact South Jordan City Police at 801-840-4000.