Investigators Confirm Somebody Torched The Da Vinci On Purpose...But Who?
Los Angeles Fire Department and ATF investigators have determined that the cause of the massive downtown fire that incinerated the under construction Da Vinci Apartment complex was, as we all suspected, arson.
The news isn't particularly surprising. Given the size of the blaze and how quickly it went from no fire to inferno, it seemed suspicious right from the start. Today, a release from the LAFD and ATF stated that they have recovered enough evidence to determine that the fire was indeed an arson.
According to the release, they looked through 75,000 square feet of ruins and sent some evidence to the ATF's National Laboratory. They also interviewed several neighbors and brought in an expert accelerant sniffing dog named Major.
ATF Agent Carlos Canino said that while the work at the crime scene is finished, "our investigation is not over."
Investigators are still looking to talk to two possible witnesses who were caught on video the morning of the fire. One of the men appears to just be walking by, while the other appears to be trying to jump the fence to get closer to the fire before being pulled away by a firefighter. LAFD Chief Joseph Castro said that the man appeared to be drunk and was reported to be screaming, "Get it out!" at the fire, ABC 7 reports.
He could have been screaming for the fire to go away, but was probably talking about the hated Da Vinci Apartment Complex. The release is still not calling either man a person of interest or suspect.