Westwood News
Church Burns In Arson Act
By Charlie Golestani
Jun 21, 2012 - 11:20:53 AM

WESTWOODA 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.

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Westwood Hills Christian Church, photo courtesy of Yelp

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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