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Officials: 8 homes destroyed in Moab by ‘human caused’ fire

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MOAB, Utah (News4Utah) – Eight homes were destroyed in a fire in Moab Tuesday evening. 

On Wednesday, Grand County Sheriff Steve White said investigators believe the fire was human-caused.

Moab City police said the fire, dubbed the Cinema Court Fire, prompted evacuations in the Mill Creek Dr. /Holyoak area. Officials reported the fire was contained around 9 p.m. 

City officials reported a dozen structures were affected; eight homes, two garages, and a shop are considered total loses. 

Lt.  Governor Spencer Cox toured the area Wednesday. He discussed relief efforts with community members and local officials.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox tours MoabCourtesy: Grand County Sheriff's Office

The city has set up two evacuation centers for those displaced. 

Photo: Andrew Mirrington / Moab Sun News

1. Gravel Pit Lanes Bowling Alley at 1078 Mill Creek Drive 
2. The Grand Center at 182 North 500 West

Multiple agencies including Grand Valley Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Grand County EMS, Moab City Police Department and Grand County Sheriff’s Office all responded to get the situation under control. 

“To all those affected by this fire—please know your community supports you,” Moab City said on Facebook. 

Police ask anyone with information about the cause of the fire to call 435-259-8115.

Click here for more on how to help fire victims

Moab officials held a news conference Tuesday night to update the community on the situation. 

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This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

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