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ROOFING FIRM CHARGED IN VIEWMONT FIRE

The city has filed criminal charges against a roofing company for its part in a fire last month at Viewmont High School.

Utah Tile & Roofing, Inc., Murray, violated the city's Uniform Fire Code by using an asphalt kettle on the roof of a building, according to charges filed in 2nd Circuit Court.Firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the school's roof Feb. 6 at 12:05 p.m. They found an asphalt kettle on fire and a worker shoveling snow on the kettle. Teachers evacuated the school. No injuries were reported.

Utah Tile & Roofing workers left on the propane-fueled kettle used in patching the roof while they went to lunch, according to an incident report. The company also did not keep an approved fire extinguisher within 30 feet of the kettle and used a kettle with a broken cover, the charges state.

"The kettle had been left unattended with the burner flame on, allowing it to overheat and ignite," the incident report stated.

The offense is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by a six-month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

An arraignment is schedule for March 30 at 2 p.m.