The Da Vinci Apartment Complex fire story isn’t cooling down. The LAFD today announced a reward to encourage anyone with information about the December 8 arson to come forward.
Developer Geoff Palmer has offered to match a reward of $75,000 proposed by city councilman Jose Huizar (but not yet approved by the city council), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is chipping in another $20,000, bringing the total possible reward for intel leading to an arrest and conviction to $170,000.
Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas today described the fire, which gutted Palmer’s 1.3-million-square-foot under-construction development and damaged two nearby buildings (plus a number of holiday gift bags for seniors in need), as “one of the largest structure fires we’ve fought in a generation.”
The emergency “strained our resources, committing more than one third of our on duty personnel to fight this fire, while leaving resources in other parts of the City stretched dangerously thin,” he said. Ultimately, the fire is believed to have caused between $25 million and $30 million in damages.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact the LAFD Arson Section at 213-893-9850.