A 13-year-old runaway suspected of setting fire to the vacant Irving Junior High School building has been referred to juvenile court, a city fire investigator said.
"We have sufficient evidence that he set fire to the building," said Jeff Long, an investigator with the Salt Lake City Fire Department. "And he's a primary suspect in the subsequent fires."The school building has caught fire three times in the past seven months. Long and agents of the state's Division of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms identified arson as the cause of the first fire that heavily damaged the structure on Nov. 17, 1990.
The building also caught fire twice this spring, but Long said the cause of those blazes has not been determined.
The boy is a runaway from a house in Salt Lake City supervised by the juvenile court, Long said Tuesday. He did not know how long the boy had been missing.
A judge has issued a "pick-up" order for police to arrest the boy, Long said. "He's familiar with the juvenile court system."