Cottonwood Heights church fire investigated as possible arson; fire officials offer $5,000 reward

UPDATE: United Fire Authority and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for starting the fire.

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — Authorities are conducting an arson investigation in a church fire that occurred early Sunday morning, causing an estimated $800,000 in damages.

The fire, reported at about 3:00 a.m., burned part of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in Cottonwood Heights.

UFA said Sunday they did not believe the fire was suspicious. However, Monday they asked for the public’s help in identifying and gathering information to help with the investigation and announced the award for information leading to any arrests and convictions on Thursday.

In a press release, UFA asked anyone with information about the “possible identity of the persons or person involved” to contact Cottonwood Heights Police Department at 801-840-4000, Unified Fire Authority Investigations at 801-743-7100 or the ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS or online.

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