Not entirely surprising news. The huge fire that burned down an under-construction condo project on 3rd Street last week has been labeled the work of an arsonist, according to a press release issued today by John A. Torres of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Fire Chief Bruce Stedman of the Alhambra Fire Department. Also, there's a name for the now charred 35-unit condo project: It was called the Golden Garden.
ALHAMBRA, Calif., Nov 24, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ATF offering $10,000 reward for information in Alhambra Golden Garden arson
Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Fire Chief Bruce Stedman of the Alhambra Fire Department today announced that the on-scene origin and cause investigation into the Nov. 18 Alhambra Golden Garden condominium construction project fire is complete, and determined the fire was incendiary or arson.
Investigators from ATF's National Response Team (NRT) and the Alhambra Fire Department finished combing through the debris today, but will continue to follow up on leads and analyze evidence recovered at the scene.
The fire destroyed the three story complex under construction and damaged several nearby structures. Damages are estimated at $4.5 million.
"ATF is dedicated to safeguarding the American public by enforcing federal laws related to arson," Torres said. "We are asking for the public's help in our effort to apprehend and convict those responsible for this heinous crime."
ATF is offering a $10,000 reward to any person that provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this arson. Anyone with information on the fire should contact ATF at (888) ATF-FIRE or (888) 283-3473, or the Alhambra Fire Department at (626) 570-5190.
ATF is the federal agency with the jurisdiction for investigating fires and crimes of arson. For more information on ATF and its programs visit www.atf.gov.
SOURCE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives