Arson Confirmed: Los Angeles Freeway Fire Linked to Malicious Intent, US

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Updated: 7:04 AM, Tue November 14, 2023

Arson Confirmed: Los Angeles Freeway Fire Linked to Malicious Intent

A major Los Angeles freeway fire that caused extensive damage has been confirmed to be the result of arson, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday. Fire investigators have determined that there was malicious intent behind the fire, which occurred within the fenced area of a nearby facility. While the investigation into the responsible party is ongoing, preliminary findings suggest that the bridge deck’s structural integrity may be stronger than initially assessed.

The incident began early Saturday morning when the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) responded to reports of a rubbish fire in a storage yard near downtown Los Angeles. Firefighters were able to extinguish most of the blaze within three hours, but efforts have been underway to assess the structural integrity of the surrounding area since then. As a result of the fire, approximately one mile of Interstate 10, a vital thoroughfare with an average daily traffic volume of 287,500 vehicles, has been closed indefinitely. The extent of the damage and whether a complete demolition and overhaul will be necessary is still being determined.

The determination of arson, made by the fire marshal of Cal Fire, came ahead of schedule, allowing the investigation to be handed over to Caltrans, the state transportation agency. Governor Newsom emphasized that additional sampling and analysis will be conducted to decide whether the bridge should be demolished or have its bracing replaced. Over 100 columns were damaged in the fire, with around 9 or 10 being severely impacted.

Governor Newsom also mentioned that investigations are being conducted into Apex Development Inc., the lessee of the site where the fire took place. The state has signed an unlawful detainer with Apex, with a court hearing scheduled for early 2024. Newsom cited non-payment of rent and unauthorized subleasing as some of the issues surrounding the company, which he referred to as bad actors.

Despite ongoing investigations, Governor Newsom assured the public that repair work and the investigation will continue around the clock, rain or shine. Safety remains the top priority, followed closely by timeliness. Efforts are being made to not only address the immediate aftermath of the fire but also to ensure that similar incidents can be prevented in the future.

The confirmation of arson as the cause of the Los Angeles freeway fire raises concerns about public safety and the need for stricter measures to deter such acts. It also highlights the importance of timely investigations and a comprehensive approach to infrastructure maintenance and security. As the investigation unfolds, authorities will continue to work toward swift resolution and implement measures to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

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