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    Crews Battle Two-Alarm Fire in Magna
    Jun. 22, 2004
    (Salt Lake City-AP) -- Fire officials are calling a fire at the old Webster School in Magna suspicious.

    The two-alarm blaze broke out just after 5 a-m this morning.

    Salt Lake County fire spokesman Jay Ziolkowski says the fire at the abandoned building had multiple points of origin and is being investigated as suspicious.

    Ziolkowski says investigators are now following several leads as firefighters continue to battle the fire.

    The former elementary school opened in 1912 and was closed in 1995.

    There's no word yet on exactly what caused the fire. No one was hurt.
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    Crews Battle Two-Alarm Fire in Magna
    Jun. 22, 2004
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An abandoned elementary school owned by a mine, which has been targeted by a radical environmental group, was destroyed by an apparent arson fire Tuesday morning.

    However, there were no indications at the scene that the Earth Liberation Front was involved in the school blaze, Salt Lake County Fire Capt. Jay Ziolkowski said.

    That group took responsibility last week for a $1.5 million lumberyard fire in the Salt Lake City area, and said at the time that Kennecott Utah Copper was one of four targets for future action.

    "Our investigators have ruled out ELF," Ziolkowski said.

    He said investigators made that decision because they didn't find any of the group's letters spray-painted at the scene, like they were last week, and because of "other leads" which he couldn't immediately divulge.

    Investigators found two points of origin -- in the northeast and southwest sections of the building -- after the early morning fire at the former Webster Elementary School in Magna, about 15 miles west of Salt Lake City.

    "It's safe to call it suspicious," Ziolkowski said.

    Attempts by The Associated Press to reach a representative of the environmental group were not successful Tuesday. Also, messages left by the AP with both the FBI and Kennecott Utah Copper were not immediately returned.

    There were no immediate damage estimates, but the fire gutted the block-long, three-story white brick building built in 1912. The school was abandoned in 1995, and Kennecott Utah Copper bought the structure, planning to turn it into apartments.

    "It's a vacant building, I don't know what the value would be," Ziolkowski said. "It's probably more sentimental value than anything else."

    Kennecott Utah Copper was one of four groups named in the ELF's fax to a local radio station that took responsibility for the $1.5 million lumberyard fire in nearby West Jordan on June 14.

    That fax was sent a day after the fire, and included a warning to four businesses -- Kennecott Utah Copper, two other lumberyards and a SUV dealership -- that they would be future targets.

    The fax said the West Jordan lumberyard was targeted because it had ignored warnings to repair forklifts that emitted more pollution than diesel engines.

    Federal investigators said they want to talk to two men who went inside a convenience store across the street from Stock Building Supply about an hour after the fire started. The men are not considered suspects.

    ELF is a loosely organized group of militant environmentalists that have attacked lumberyards, construction sites and car dealerships across the West.

    The group has been linked to arson and vandalism at agriculture research labs, logging operations, sport utility vehicle dealerships and construction sites. The costliest incident to date involved a $50 million fire last year that destroyed a five-story apartment complex under construction in San Diego.
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