WESTWOOD—A fire, the result of an apparent act of arson, at the Westwood Hills Christian Church, Friday June, 15, has been dubbed “a particularly repugnant crime,” by officials of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
LAFD responded to the 61-year-old church on 10808 Le Conte Avenue Friday night and extinguished the blaze that originated with furnishings of the old gothic-style church. The conflagration is estimated to have cost about $5,000 in damage, with no reported injuries or fatalities.
After wrestling with the flames, the department called upon the Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section to investigate the cause and evidence surrounding the fire, as well as the regional, “House of Worship Arson Task Force,” a conglomeration of specialists from the Los Angeles Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives, according to a department spokesman.
"An act of arson in a house of worship is a particularly repugnant crime," said Brian Humphrey, adding, "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."
Information concerning the blaze can be can be submitted to the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section at (213)-893-9800.
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