Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Trial set for man accused of starting four-alarm $6 million apartment fire in Salt Lake City

Published: Fri, March 7 10:39 p.m. MST

 Fire crews respond Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 to a four-alarm fire at 550 East 500 South in Salt Lake City.

Fire crews respond Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 to a four-alarm fire at 550 East 500 South in Salt Lake City.

(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The man accused of setting a four-alarm, $6 million fire in downtown Salt Lake City pleaded not guilty to a charge of arson this week.

Dustin Jay Bowman, 33, of Bountiful, was indicted on one count of arson. He is accused igniting a fire on Feb. 9 that destroyed a 64,000-square-foot apartment building under construction at 540 E. 500 South. The fire caused an estimated $6 million in damage.

During an arraignment in federal court, Bowman pleaded not guilty. Trial was set for May 12-14.

Noting recent addiction and depression problems, a federal judge ordered that Bowman be detained without bail pending his trial.

— Pat Reavy

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