Teen charged with fire; donations exceed 100K
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A teen has been charged with the devastating June 12 Cinema Court fire that destroyed several houses and properties. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office announced July 26 that a local 16-year-old has been charged with “reckless burning and causing a catastrophe.” The name of the juvenile has not been made available. The sheriff’s office declined to give further details on the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, the Cinema Court fire fund at Desert Rivers Credit Union closed out on July 31 with $106,425 in donations.

“The time has come to distribute the funds to the affected households so they can proceed with their housing plans,” the Cinema Court Fire Coordination team has announced. “The funds will go to those most affected by the fire. Several families lesser affected generously declined to receive any funds from this account to help their neighbor's rebuilding efforts. Following the distribution, an additional report will be posted for the community.”

The families impacted by the fire expressed their gratitude for the “tremendous” response by Grand County and other supporters of the Moab community. “This money and the emotional support it represents will make a significant impact on their housing effort and provide motivation in all moving forward,” said Kris Hurlburt of Grand County Emergency Management. “Thank you all!”

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