After putting the fire out, firefighters found one person and one dog deceased in the storage unit.
The victims were later identified as 27-year-old Morgan Kay Harris and her dog, Huck, according to the Murray City Police.
Wardell was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of kidnapping, negligent homicide, violation of parole, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and two counts of criminal mischief, officials said.
Wardell has a criminal history and was released on bond just one day before allegedly killing Harris and Huck, according to KUTV-TV.
The suspect reportedly violated his probation on Feb. 16 and was released from jail on Feb. 17 after paying a $5,000 bond.
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He is now currently being held without bond.
Morgan’s family released a statement saying she “was always known for her sweet, shy and kind temperament” and she had “amazing artistic abilities” and an “infectious giggle.”
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