An arsonist caused minor damage to an abandoned west-side home Saturday evening, but the small blaze may be illustrative of another problem Salt Lake firefighters face, an official said.

Someone, possibly a child, started a small fire on the floor of a home at 475 N. Morton Drive (1895 West) that was abandoned sometime last fall, Salt Lake Fire Battalion Chief Jim Kleine said."Abandoned buildings represent a problem for the fire department," he said. If improperly secured, the homes are open invitations for kids who use them as playhouses, he said.

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Children are prone to play with matches in empty houses like the one on Morton Drive, Kleine said.

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