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Likely Arson Fire Guts Utah State Park Office

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June 18, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Red pin marks the location of Deer Creek State Park in Utah where fire destroyed the park office on the night of June 10.

In the middle of the night on June 10, someone set fire to the headquarters building at Deer Creek State Park in Utah, destroying the building and its contents.

Now, park managers are requesting the public's help in providing any tips or information about suspicious activity in the area on that night, the Daily Herald, Provo, reported.

The 1,000-square-foot building will cost $100,000 to replace, Utah State Parks Lt. Eric Stucki said. That figure does not include the cost of computers, snowmobile equipment, records, brochures that were in storage, office furniture and all other items destroyed in the blaze.

Investigators believe the fire was arson, but have not been able to determine how the fire was started.

"We do know it is suspicious," Stucki said. "Right now there are no leads. We need help."

The investigation is at a standstill unless someone from the public comes forward with information. Meanwhile, employees are working out of a temporary building moved to the site. Stucki said it was unclear how long it would take to work through Utah's risk management insurance office to free insurance funds to rebuild.

"At some point we will rebuild," he said.

Despite the fire, the park and all its facilities remain open to the public.

"The reservoir is full and boating is optimal," Stucki said. "The public will not notice any delay in their recreation experience."

Anyone with information about the fire is encouraged to call Detective Brown at (435) 671-6130.

For information on park conditions and camping availability, visit www.deercreek.utah.gov.

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