Authorities offer $170,000 for Da Vinci fire arsonist
Authorities announced on Wednesday that a $170,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the Da Vinci fire, which occurred on Dec. 8.
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, 14th District, initiated a $75,000 reward from the city. The developer, G.H. Palmer Associates, matched the $75,000 amount, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) contributed $20,000 to the reward.
Authorities with the Los Angeles Fire Department and the ATF continue to investigate the fire — determined to be arson — that destroyed a portion of the $25-million Da Vinci apartment complex that was under construction at 900 W. Temple St., next to the Hollywood (101) Freeway.
The portion of the building that was destroyed was in the framing stage, and much of the wood was exposed.
The flames also damaged neighboring buildings, including one that housed the city’s Department of Aging.
LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said authorities are continuing to search for two individuals who were seen in the area shortly before the fire erupted.
The public is encouraged to view the video and images of the individuals that has been posted at www.tackk.com/kpr1lz.
“The LAFD and its law enforcement partners take arson very seriously,” Scott said. “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.”
Anyone with information about the men, or the fire, is urged to contact authorities at (213)893-9850.