Serious Fire Damage in Orem Restaurant
Early Sunday morning witnesses say they heard an audible fire alarm and started seeing smoke coming from the Pirate Island restaurant and arcade in Orem, Utah. All four Orem fire stations responded and the fire was contained within an hour but not before some significant damages was caused. Early estimates have the damages between $50,000 and $75,000. Although no one was injured in the fire, damages this high can obviously be a seriously blow to the sustainability of such a business. Orem Police Sgt. Craig Martinez stated the the arson investigation team was still going through the evidence but that the cause of the fire right now is suspected to be arson.
Criminal Arson Charges
In Utah there are two different arson offenses that a person can be charged with. The first is simply arson, and the second is aggravated arson. Arson is described as damaging a property by means of fire or explosive, the charge is elevated to the level of aggravated arson if someone was in the building when the damage occurred. In the case of the Pirate Island fire there are no reports that anyone was in the building so if it was arson and the person is caught they will be facing an arson charge. The offense of arson can range from a class B misdemeanor to a second degree felony based on the cost of the damage, and aggravated arson is a first degree felony.
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