VIDEO: Fires at Emeryville construction site determined to be arson

Emeryville construction site fire

EMERYVILLE (KRON) — ATF has determined that the two fires that broke out at a construction site on San Pablo Avenue were intentionally set.

The fires broke out at 3800 San Pablo Avenue.

On July 6, 2016, firefighters responded to a six-alarm structure fire at the apartment complex development.

Then on May 13, 2017, firefighters responded again to a massive fire at the same site.

Surveillance video captured an image of a person who authorities believe may be the arsonist. That person was seen entering the premises just before the May 13 fire.

“After examining all the evidence, ATF has determined the cause of the May 13th fire to be incendiary, meaning that it was intentionally set and is considered an act of arson,” ATF San Francisco Field Division, Special Agent in Charge Jill A. Snyder said. “The results of the first fire were not previously disclosed because that case is still under investigation. Due to the circumstances surrounding these fires, the agencies involved in these cases have decided to release the determination of the first fire. The first fire at San Pablo Avenue was also determined to be arson.”

AFT is offering $25,000 for information leading to arrests in each fire and the developer is matching the rewards, totaling $100,000.

“The Emeryville Police Department would like to thank those members of our community who have assisted this investigation by providing videos, photographs, and witness statements,” Emeryville Police Captain Oliver Collins said. “We would like to continue to encourage community members to be vigilant and take a proactive role in keeping our community safe by reporting suspicious activity. If you see something, say something.”

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