A suspected arson fire this morning destroyed a North Davis Pond viewing platform named in honor of a late Davis mayor and citizen-activist.
Davis Fire Department Division Chief Paul Swanson said the fire was reported at 5:37 a.m. at the Julie Partansky Wildlife Area. It was under control within a half-hour, but crews still remained on the scene several hours later as they conducted an investigation into the blaze.
The reporting party, who lives across the pond from the platform, said flames shot above the tree line as the platform burned, Fire Marshal Tim Annis said.
According to Annis, the platform, which underwent $30,000 in improvements just last year, will cost an estimated $150,000 to replace. No injuries were reported.