Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in an arson case that destroyed four units in a Brentwood townhouse project.
The blaze — which is now being called “The Brentwood Fire” — caused millions of dollars in damages said Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Greenup during a press conference on Tuesday.
Although no one was hurt, Councilman Rosendahl detailed the gravity of the event.
“We were incredibly fortunate that no residents or firefighters were injured as a result of this fire,” Rosendahl said. “We want to find that person or people [who did this] and put them in jail where they belong.”
LAFD deployed 160 firefighters to battle the flames and evacuated 123 Brentwood residents, three of which have been permanently displaced and are currently living with family.
The Councilman put forth a (motion) Tuesday to make the $50,000 reward available from an emergency city fund. The motion was unaimously approved.
No suspects have since been identified, said Senior Investigator David Liske of LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section, lending reason the reward was proposed as an incentive.
Liske was unwilling to release any crime scene details, including evidence supporting the arson conclusion.
“Releasing any eveidence may hamper the investigation,” Liske said. “We’re not ruling out any connections.”
The City experiences more than 2000 cases of arson a year, LAFD said. Out of those 2000, 800 lead to investigations, resulting in 20 to 30 percent arrests or incarcerations.
LAFD is asking the public to call LAFD’s Arson/Counter Terrorism hotline at (213)893-9850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, re: Brentwood Fire if you have any information that could help investigators in the case.