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May 9 Riverton fire ruled arson
This fire May 9 in Riverton gutted a house at 848 N. Broadway Ave. in Riverton. Riverton Volunteer Fire Department phot

May 9 Riverton fire ruled arson

Jul 19, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The blaze involved a rental house on North Broadway Avenue in Riverton.

Riverton Fire District investigator Matt Lee has ruled the house fire May 9 on North Broadway Avenue was started intentionally

"I have ruled out any accidental or natural causes," Lee said in a news release.

Lee said the fire was started within the interior of the residence at the intersection of North Broadway Avenue and East Sunset Drive.

At about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, the Riverton Fire Department was dispatched to 848 N. Broadway Ave. for a structure fire.

Upon arrival, Lee said, firefighters encountered a single-family dwelling with an involved interior fire that had vented out the exterior kitchen and front living room windows.

"Firefighters successfully suppressed the fire and confined it to the kitchen and living room area of the residence," he said.

The two-bedroom house, partly made of brick, was a rental property. Lee said the residence had just been rented the previous day and was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

However, Lee said there were valuables and furnishings inside the home when the fire started.

"Due to quick response and suppression efforts of the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department, sufficient evidence was preserved and obtained to assist the investigation," he said.

The case was forwarded to the Riverton Police Department for further investigation.

This is the third fire Lee has ruled arson in recent weeks, but he does not believe the cases are connected. He said the number of recent arsons is unusual.

Lee determined two structure fires were intentionally started July 4 and July 5 on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Those fires were at residences on 17 Mile Road and Left Hand Ditch Road. The Wind River Police Department is conducting further investigation.

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