Authorities investigating a massive blaze that consumed a downtown Los Angeles apartment building under construction last week are seeking a man captured on surveillance video near the scene around the time the fire started.
A second man, caught on a freelance news video, is also being sought. He was pushed away from the site by firefighters after the blaze started, an ATF spokesman said.
A task force led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives national response team is seeking to identify the men seen on the videos, but neither is considered a suspect or person of interest, said Thomas Mangan, a spokesman for the agency.
"It is purely someone we are seeking to interview as an investigative lead," Mangan said.
The blaze destroyed one of the Da Vinci apartments' two buildings at the intersection of the 101 and 110 freeways.
A video released by fire officials shows one of the men walking beside a fence outside of the engulfed property. The video then shows the man hanging off the fence and two firefighters pulling him away and restraining him. He is wearing a baseball cap, T-shirt, dark leather jacket and dark jeans.
The second man was seen on footage captured by a video security camera from a building opposite the Da Vinci. That man is seen wearing a San Diego Chargers football jersey, dark pants and sneakers. He walks with a backpack calmly down the street.
Officials cautioned that because of the enormous size of the burn site, it may be weeks or months before they are able to reach a final conclusion about how the fire started or whether it was intentional.
Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas has said the sheer "amount of fire" that consumed the seven-story structure made it suspicious. Firefighters at a station just yards from the building reported that the structure was "heavily involved in fire."
"That's unusual, to have that much fire all at the same time," Terrazas said.