LAFD: Westwood Church Fire an Act of Arson

| June 17, 2012

WESTWOOD – Firefighters have declared a Friday evening blaze at a Westwood church, to have been an act of arson.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 9:14 PM on Friday, June 15, 2012 to a reported fire within the Westwood Hills Christian Church located at 10808 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood.

Firefighters swiftly entered the sanctuary of the 61 year-old gothic-style church to find furnishings that had been deliberately set ablaze. Though the non-injury fire was quickly extinguished, the incendiary act caused at least $5,000 of property damage.

LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section Investigators were soon on scene, and in accordance with protocol, activated the regional "House of Worship Arson Task Force", bringing specialists from the Los Angeles Police Department, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to join the active LAFD investigation.

"An act of arson in a house of worship is a particularly repugnant crime" said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, who added "the activation of the regional 'House of Worship Arson Task Force' underscores the importance to our community as a whole, in quickly apprehending those responsible."

Investigators are asking those with information about the fire, to contact the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213) 893-9800.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

 

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