Latter-day Saint Life

Orem Utah Temple fire declared as arson

Ben B. Braun via Deseret News

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has requested the ATF’s help in investigating the fire’s cause.

A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for what investigators now say is a case of arson at the under-construction Orem Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is offering up to $5,000 for information about the fire set inside the temple on July 25, according to an ATF news release.

Neighbors and motorists on I-15 and Geneva Road began calling 911 at about 11:10 p.m. with reports of smoke coming from the top floor of the temple, KSL reported.

“Foam was used to extinguish the fire as much as possible, which limited water damage to the construction site,” Church spokesman Doug Andersen said at the time, noting that the fire broke out on the temple’s third floor. “The Church is grateful to the Orem Fire Department for their quick response.”

Read the full article at Deseret News.

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