Investigators learned that the fire was deliberately set by the victim’s ex-roommate as a result of a prior argument. After breaking a front window, the suspect threw an open container of charcoal lighter fluid along with a burning object, possibly paper into the victim’s living room. The victim was able to exit the location and positively identify the suspect as her ex-room mate.
The victim did not suffer any injuries. The suspect is still outstanding.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department estimated the loss at $300,000.00.
There is no other information at this time.
***UPDATE: The Governor has upped the ante by offering a $100,000 reward for the arsonist responsible for the Station Fire.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich announced Friday he plans to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist responsible for the Station Fire, officials said.
After the fire was determined to be caused by arson Thursday, detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau opened up a homicide investigation into the deaths of two Los Angeles County firefighters who died battling the blaze.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote on the motion to offer the reward Tuesday at the next scheduled meeting, Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell said in a written statement.
Capt. Tedmund Hall, 47, and Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo Quinones, 34, died Sunday when there vehicle went over the side of a cliff while fighting the Station Fire near Mt. Gleason.
A memorial service for Hall and Quinones is scheduled for Sept. 12 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
Donations for the family’s of the fallen firefighters are being accepted through the the F&A Federal Credit “Memorial Fund,” at P.O. Box 30831, Los Angeles, Calif., 90030-9972, authorities said.
Donations for Hall’s family can be sent to account No. 617171. Donations for Quinones’ family can be sent to account No. 617172. Donations for both families can be deposited into account No. 617170.
Anyone with information about the arsonist responsible for the Station Fire is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
PHOTOS: Above: Capt. Tedmund Hall, 47. Below: Firefighter specialist Arnaldo Quinones, 34. (courtesy)