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Police Finally Make Arrest In December's Epic Da Vinci Fire

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Police have made an arrest in connection with the massive fire in downtown Los Angeles that destroyed the under-construction Da Vinci apartment tower.

According to NBC 4, the LAPD arrested 56-year old Dawud Abdulwali on Tuesday. The fire caused at least $30 million in damages to the controversial Geoffrey Palmer project, which is currently being rebuilt. If convicted on charges of malicious arson and reckless arson, Abdulwali faces a possible life sentence.

The L.A. Times is reporting that Abdulwali had been the primary suspect for months in the joint investigation by the LAPD, Los Angeles Fire Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacoo, Firearms, and Explosives. Because the break in the case came as a result of the investigation, nobody will be awarded the $170,000 rewards that was offered back in January.

Abdulwali is not one of the men that was sought for questioning caught on camera near the fire.

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With the help of a really cute, adorable dog-tective, investigators determined cause of the fire was arson.

In addition to destroying the half-built building, nearby buildings and Caltrans freeway signs were damaged from the intensity of the massive fire.

Related: Photos: The Ruins Of The Epic Inferno That Took Out Downtown's Least Favorite Development