Police investigate June 13 fire as arson

The Moab City Police Department said in a press release this week that detectives with the department were investigating a fire that occurred on the evening Thursday, June 13, as arson. Police said the involved person was attempting to inflict self-harm, and first responders “saved the life” of the person.

A person called Grand County Dispatch at about 8:30 p.m. on June 13, advising “that they had received communications from a relative which showed that individual attempting to inflict self-harm while simultaneously starting a fire,” according to a press release. The press release said the person was “suicidal.”

First responders, including city police, officers with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, the Moab Valley Fire Department and Grand County EMS, removed the person from the residence and eventually transferred the person to Moab Regional Hospital for treatment.

“We’d like to thank staff from all of the responding agencies for an efficient, coordinated response that likely minimized property damage and, more importantly, saved the life of a member of the Moab community,” city police said in the press release. “We are honored to serve alongside all of you.“

The Grand County Fire Marshall said eight fires burned in the county this month, five that were human caused and three that were sparked by lightning