SALT LAKE CITY — A Riverton man was charged Wednesday with arson after he allegedly set fire to an abandoned house.

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Thomas Kantor, 46, was charged in 3rd District court with one count of aggravated arson, a first-degree felony, after he allegedly set fire to a vacant house located at 5377 W. Elk Horn Peak Dr. in Riverton.

A Unified Fire Investigator determined that the fire was started by placing a piece of carpet on top of the range-top oven in the house, and starting the burners, according to charging documents.

Fingerprints obtained from a basement window at the scene of the fire were used to identify the defendant.

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