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BURLEY — More than a week has passed since an arson fire blackened a Burley downtown vacant building and an undetonated bomb was found at the doorway of a business across the street. Rubble lies piled in the street surrounded by police tape and wires dangle from the side of the decimated building.

Still, no arrests have been made.

The state fire marshal posted signs on the building’s windows declaring the crime arson and offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

“A few tips have trickled in,” Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell said.

Warrell said he will not release additional information.

The building at 1222 Overland Ave., was set on fire early Jan. 29. Firefighters putting out the fire discovered a pipe bomb across the street at an unopened restaurant tucked into the door handle. The bomb had a fuse that had been lit but went out. The restaurant and buildings are owned by businessmen Brek Pilling and his partner, Brian Tibbets.

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A Nissan pickup wanted in connection with the incidents was recovered by the sheriff’s office, which is not releasing information about where it was discovered or who owns the truck.

State Fire Marshal investigator Verl Jarvie, who investigated the fire said someone had made an effort to ensure the building burned. The fire was set inside the building using paper and rags and a fire accelerant was found throughout the building, Jarvie said. Samples of the accelerant were sent to a lab for identification.

The vacant building next door was also destroyed by water damage.

Burley Fire Chief Shannon Tolman said about 100,000 gallons of water were used to extinguish the blaze, and the basement was full of water.


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