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Crews extinguish three ‘suspicious’ fires in Provo

PROVO, Utah — Fire investigators in Provo said three small fires that broke out early Tuesday morning are “suspicious.”

Crews worked quickly to extinguish three small fires in different parts of the city.

“None of this surprises me but it saddens me, it makes me sad that people are so willing to destroy everything,” said Lake Raven, who lives near one of the abandoned homes.

The first fire broke out shortly before 4:00 a.m. near an abandoned house at 1585 W Center St.

Shortly after the first fire was reported, the Provo Fire Department was notified about a car fire in an alley at 400 W 500 S.

“Our crews responded to the car fire, but [saw] a third fire begin and actually diverted,” said Provo Fire Chief Gary Jolley.

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Missing autistic man found, is safe

PROVO, Utah – Authorities located an autistic man whose whereabouts had been unknown for several hours while rescue crews searched Sunday, and they said they worried he faced danger due to factors relating to his low functioning skills.

Officials said at about 6:45 p.m. the man had been located by a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter and was safe.

Lt. Matthew Siufanua of the Provo Police Department said the search began in the area near 728 S. Slate Canyon drive, and they were looking for a 25-year-old man.

Siufanua said the man is non-verbal and has low-functioning skills, and he said because of this he could potentially have been in danger.

Officials said he has the mentality of a 3-year-old child. The man had last been seen heading up Slate Canyon.

Police ID one of the skeletal remains found in Provo Canyon

By Tiffany DeMasters and Robert Boyd.

PROVO, Utah —One of two skeletal remains found in Provo Canyon Saturday has been identified.

Jakub Gorowski, 41, of Poland, appears to have accidently fallen to his death, said Lt. Matthew Siufanua Monday.

There are no initial signs of foul play.

The second skeleton has not been identified. Police believe the body may be tied to a 2006 missing person’s case.

At about 1 p.m. man stumbled upon Gorowski’s remains while hiking through Squaw Peak on Saturday. Police were notified and discovered the second body approximately 50 feet away from the first.

The cases are believed to be unrelated, police said.

“Receiving this information is a double edged sword, you have the sad news that a family member is deceased but then the closure of what happened,” Siufanua said.

Police are not sure of the exact cause of death, but they have their suspicions.

Vacant Provo complex again target of arson, officials say

PROVO — Provo Fire responded to a second suspected arson within a week.

At approximately 3:48 a.m. fire crews responded to 4800 N Edgewood Dr., close to The Shops at Riverwoods where another building in the vacant complex was engulfed in flames.

On April 11, fire crews responded to the same complex where three abandoned duplexes were engulfed in flames shortly before 3 a.m.

Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield said the flames in both fires were intentionally set.

Firefighters took a defensive approach in Saturday morning’s fire and let the structure burn for the safety of the crew. Schofield said a firefighter was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning on scene.

“We’d really like to get this stopped,” Schofield said.

The blaze was put out at about 6:45 a.m.

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Want to see Utah’s liquor store inventory? Click here

SALT LAKE CITY — Becky Rosenthal knows first-hand what it’s like to find a great drink on Utah liquor store shelves one day, only to find it gone the next.

“We’ve gone from store to store and bounced around until we’ve found the right thing,” said Rosenthal, who writes about food and drink in Utah on her website, theslcfoodie.com.

Recently, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control quietly made its inventory available online for everyone to see. Through a search engine tool on the DABC’s website, customers can look up a particular bottle or type of drink (say, “merlot” or “absinthe”) and view the brands and how many bottles are available at what liquor store in the state.

Experts discuss health insurance enrollment numbers in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — President Obama is calling the Affordable Care Act a success, since millions of Americans have signed up for health care on the federal exchanges.

But how many Utahns have signed up and are now covered? FOX 13 News spoke with experts at Arches Health Plan, who said it’s still too soon to call Utah’s enrollment numbers good or bad.

The official report has not come in yet, but based on the estimates so far, Utah’s youth enrollment is above the national percentage.

After a rough roll out of the new health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama was eager to announce the national enrollment numbers Thursday. He said 8 million Americans have enrolled, with 35 percent of those people under the age of 35.

In Utah, no official statewide numbers have been released, but a spokesperson for Arches Health Plan said about 68,000 Utahns have enrolled, with 47 percent in the coveted 35 and younger demographic.