Apparent threat — then fire
By Rodger L. Hardy
Deseret Morning News
OREM — It took about 15 minutes for firefighters to douse an afternoon blaze Tuesday at an Orem home.
Orem firefighters battle a blaze Tuesday. The homeowner reported to police on Monday he thought someone planned to burn his house.
Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News
The fire wasn't entirely a surprise to Orem police, however.
On Monday afternoon, the owner, Mike Lassen, called police to tell them he thought somebody was planning to set fire to his home.
About 24 hours later, a fire gutted the main floors of the house at 1532 W. 900 South, said Orem Police Lt. Doug Edwards.
After the report was filed by Lassen, police stepped up patrols in the area.
When contacted by the Deseret Morning News on Tuesday afternoon, Lassen said he didn't know his home had burned. He declined to comment about his report to police.
Lassen lives in the house alone but wasn't home at the time. His wife and children have moved out, police said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Neighbor Lee Smith saw flames and dark, black smoke billowing from an upper back window. He was working on his boat in his back yard.
Flames were shooting 2 to 3 feet out the window, he said.
Smith immediately called 911. Fire trucks arrived in the cul-de-sac just a few minutes later. "I put a hose around by my house just in case," Smith said.
Other neighbors also saw and smelled the smoke as it filled the neighborhood. Gail Conzilla was driving home on Geneva Road when she saw the smoke.
"I knew it was a house on fire. I hoped it wasn't mine," she said.
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10-06-2004, 10:16 PM #1
Utah-Orem FF'r Battle House FireFront line since 1983 and still going strong
10-07-2004, 11:56 AM #2
FIRE INVESTIGATION -- A house fire Tuesday that rendered a home in southwest Orem uninhabitable is suspicious, the Orem Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. The fire marshal was investigating the fire to determine its cause. Nobody was in the home, 1532 W. 900 South, during the fire. The man living in the home, who is going through a divorce, filed a report on Oct. 3 which stated he suspected arson. The man pointed out a spent cigarette and napkins with burn marks next to a computer.Front line since 1983 and still going strong
10-22-2004, 02:58 PM #3
Orem woman charged with aggravated arson
An Orem woman was booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of aggravated arson Wednesday after police said she set fire to a house on Oct. 5.
Orem police detectives arrested Wanda Denise Lassen, 38, at the Provo Housing home where she has been living with her three children, according to police Lt. Doug Edwards.
Lassen and her husband, Michael Lassen, were separated and going though a divorce at the time of the fire. No one was living in the house, which is located at 1532 W. 900 South in Orem.
Bail for Lassen has been set at $25,000.
Two days prior to the Oct. 5 fire, Michael Lassen has reported to police he had found something suspicious at the house. Police investigating the report found a spent cigarette and some burned napkins next to the computer inside the home.
The city fire marshal and arson investigators have been working on the case since the fire, Edwards said.Front line since 1983 and still going strong
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