Accelerant found in ruins of massive Los Angeles construction fire

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$170K reward offered in probe of downtown Los Angeles fire.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $170,000 reward was offered Wednesday for information that leads to the person responsible for igniting a huge inferno that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and extensively damaged adjacent office towers in downtown Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES ( — City and federal officials Wednesday will announce a $75,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the massive fire at a downtown apartment complex under construction.DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Fire Department and other officials have had little success in finding the person or people who set fire to part of the under-construction Da Vinci apartment complex last month. The reward, announced by officials at a news conference outside City Hall, will include $75,000 each from the city and the building developer, and $20,000 from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The image by Barbara Davidson shows the destroyed Da Vinci apartments against the northbound Harbor Freeway — part of a photo gallery at the top of the Los Angeles Times website right now.

The Dec. 8 fire gutted the 1.3 million-square-foot Da Vinci complex, which was in the wood-framing stage when it went up like a massive bonfire visible for miles across the city. One of the Da Vinci buildings burned to the ground during the fire, while the other building is intact and expected to open on schedule later this month. “So the verdict is clear. But if I’m the RealFyre gas logs people, I’m not sure I want my ad — slogan “Fire without the Fuss” — running alongside a story about the biggest arson case in Los Angeles in a long time. LAFD officials and 14th District City Councilman José Huizar announced this morning that the city intends to put up $75,000 for a reward, and the amount is being matched by Geoff Palmer, the developer of the project on Temple Street just east of the 110 Freeway. The heat was so intense that it cracked or shattered hundreds of windows in neighboring office buildings, igniting small fires in one of them, and damaged an adjacent freeway where traffic was brought to a halt.

And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way,” said President Barack Obama during last night’s State of the Union address. Investigators used shovels and wheelbarrows to comb through several tons of debris at the site and were able to pinpoint the origin of the fire to a 10,000-square-foot area, he said. A woman was arrested inside the police station in Framingham, Massachusetts, last month when she walked in and began smearing pork and bacon on the check-in window, telling officers she was there “to feed the pigs.” The woman, 24-year-old Lindsay McNamara, was taken into custody on the spot.

They were identified as persons of interest, as opposed to suspects. “If you commit an act of arson in the city of Los Angeles, we will find you, we will arrest you, we will prosecute you, and you will go to jail,” Terrazas said.

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