A mammoth fire has burned through the Da Vinci residential complex in LA in what is being portrayed by online media as an ‘architectural hate crime’. The 1.3 million sq ft apartment complex on North Fremont Avenue in Downtown LA caught fire early in the morning of 8 December; it was under construction at the time and no casualties have been reported.
The developer of the complex, Geoffrey Palmer, has been criticised for his development portfolio and online critics have suggested that this may be an act of arson. The LA Fire Department has requested that anyone with information regarding the cause of the fire contact their Arson Section on (213) 893 9850.
A statement from the LAFD reads: “250 Firefighters under the command of Deputy Chief Joseph Castro battled the fire defensively utilizing large hose streams from the ground and aerial ladders from above. The intensity of the flames quickly ignited several floors of a 16 story adjacent high-rise. Although Firefighters battled intensely, 221 North Figueroa was heavily damaged. Another building located at 313 North Figueroa threatened by fire was saved by the hard work of Firefighters.”