$75,000 reward proposed for break in Da Vinci fire probe

Los Angeles city officials are weighing whether to offer a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who started a destructive fire that consumed an apartment complex under construction in downtown Los Angeles last month.

City Councilman Jose Huizar proposed the reward Tuesday in the wake of the late-night blaze that consumed a seven-story building in the Da Vinci apartment complex in the 900 block of Fremont Avenue.

Huizar, whose district includes downtown Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, is hoping the reward will compel witnesses to come forward with information and help solve the case.

No one was injured in the Dec. 8 fire, which took 250 firefighters an hour and half to extinguish.


Heat and flames from the blaze caused damage to the 110 Freeway and nearby buildings. The  fire caused between $25 million and $30 million in damage, city officials said.

Detectives and arson specialists with the LAPD, Los Angeles Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives combed the 180,000-square-foot site for evidence.

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