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Police: Heber man set fire to father-in-law's house

Robert Irvin Doan III
Robert Irvin Doan III
Wasatch County Sheriff's Office

HEBER CITY — A man has been arrested for investigation of arson after police say he set fire to his father-in-law's house.

Robert Irvin Doan III, 46, was arrested for investigation of aggravated arson after leaving the scene of the fire, Heber City police officer Xela Thomas said.

Officers responding to the fire Saturday in southwest Heber City arrived to find the home fully engulfed in flames, according to police. No other occupants were home at the time of the fire, Thomas said, but cats died in the blaze.

Police believe the fire, which left the house "severely damaged," started in the basement where Doan has been living, Thomas said.

A bystander spotted Doan driving away from the burning house, which is across the street from a grocery store, and followed him to another store, Thomas said. Doan was arrested there without incident.

Thomas said Heber City police are familiar with Doan and have responded to domestic disputes at the home in the past.

According to state court records, Doan pleaded guilty in 2003 to class B misdemeanor criminal trespass. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to joyriding, a class A misdemeanor, stemming from an incident that occurred five years earlier. A class B misdemeanor charge for battery was dismissed in 1996 after being held in abeyance for two years.