Officials Say Huge Los Angeles Fire Was Arson

September 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The deadly wildfire known as the Station Fire, that has devastated a large area north of Los Angeles was started deliberately,  and is being investigated as a homicide, officials said.

“After a forensic examination at the point of origin, arson investigators have concluded that the Station Fire was the result of an act of arson,” said US Forest Service Commander Rita Wears.

The fire covers nearly 150,000 acres the largest in the county’s history in the steep canyons and foothills north of Los Angeles, and has destroyed 64 homes.

The arson becomes a murder investigation because two fire fighters were killed battling the blaze. The fire was 38 percent contained as of last night and diminished smoke allowed more air tankers and helicopters to drop water and retardant to douse the flames and help protect an observatory and antennae towers on Mount Wilson, where the “the situation has continued to improve,” the U.S. Forest Service said on its Web site.



2 Responses to “Officials Say Huge Los Angeles Fire Was Arson”

  1. Ronk on September 4th, 2009 4:01 pm

    Who or why would anyone deliberately start a fire?

    So much destruction…. for what?

  2. albrunomd on September 4th, 2009 5:36 pm

    Oh good, that’s always progress, poor people that have to endure such a tragedy; our prayers to the Lord are with you. Keep strong…

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