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Provo fire officials comb security tapes

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PROVO — Fire officials are combing security tapes to identify the culprit behind what they believe was a human-caused fire that threatened some high-priced Orem homes.

Provo Fire Marshal Jim Gwynn is leading a team that is investigating the small brushfire near a block of homes in the 500 North and Palisade Drive area of Orem Monday night.

"We're checking up on some security videos that may be available from companies with outdoor cameras in the area," Gwynn said. "We believe it is a human-caused fire because there is nothing there to indicate anything else."

Firefighters responded to a grass fire that started in an abandoned orchard near Heritage School at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Provo firefighters manned the front lines while teams from Orem, Pleasant Grove and Provo set up defensive lines behind homes along Palisade Drive.

The fire was extinguished without any damage to homes.

"Had it gone really wild, I guess it could have gone down the way and threatened even more homes," Orem Police Lt. Doug Edwards said.