Moab house fire being investigated as arson

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MOAB, Utah, June 19, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A house fire in Moab is being investigated as arson, officials said.

A news release from Moab City Police Department on Facebook said Grand County dispatch received a 911 call advising of a possible suicide attempt and structure fire Thursday at approximately 8:20 p.m.

“The caller advised that they had received communications from a relative which showed that individual attempting to inflict self harm while simultaneously starting a fire in the subject’s home,” the news release said.

Law enforcement officers with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and Moab City Police Department responded to the reported location and found flames emanating from inside the home.

Members of the Moab Valley Fire Department arrived and quickly extinguished the fire, the news release said.

“The subject was safely removed from the residence and turned over to Grand County EMS for initial medical care,” the news release said. “Due to injuries sustained during the incident, the subject was transferred to Moab Regional Hospital for additional care.”

This incident is being treated as arson and remains under investigation by detectives with the Moab City Police Department, officials said.

“We’d like to thank staff from all of the responding agencies for an efficient, coordinated response that likely minimized property damage and, more importantly, saved the life of a member of the Moab community,” the news release said. “We are honored to serve alongside all of you.”

Gephardt Daily does not usually report on suicides or suicide attempts unless they occur in public places or otherwise impact a community.


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