SALT LAKE CITY — A fire that caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage to a Salt Lake apartment complex under construction at 540 E. 500 South, on Feb. 9 was allegedly started by a Bountiful man.
Dustin Jay Bowman, 33, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Friday, Feb. 14 on a second-degree felony charge on arson and two misdemeanors charges out of the South Salt Lake Justice Court for unrelated charges.
Bowman was an electrician working on the project through a subcontractor Conelco-Conrad Electric Inc.
He was taken into custody on Friday by agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, who had joined Salt Lake City Fire Department investigators following the massive blaze.
A probable cause statement says Bowman confessed to starting the fire. Formal charges had not been filed as of Monday morning.
The fire that began on the evening of Feb. 9 could be seen throughout much of Salt Lake City and closed roads surrounding the complex into midweek.
No one was injured in the fire.
The day after the fire, Bowman posted pictures of the aftermath on his Facebook page with a comment saying, “Guess I'm not working Monday. New House apartment complex under construction burnt down. Anybody want to hire an Electrician for a day or two? Maybe the boss has some temp power to hook up somewhere or something. Can't really afford a day off.”