|RP fire deemed a crime
Officials rule out chance of accident
Officials at the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety are convinced the Jan. 21 fire that ravaged an apartment building and displaced 15 people was the result of a criminal act.
The fire, which started in a corner of a concrete-floored carport at 1:43 a.m., spread to the apartments above, which are nearly 40 years old. RP Fire Lt. John Marty said the fire was helped and is now being treated as a crime.
Investigators, including those from the RPDPS, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and an insurance company all ruled out any type of accidental cause for the fire.
Marty, however, said to deem the fire as an act of arson would be inaccurate because that would assume a premeditated intent that has not been established.
Investigators with the city's Public Safety Department, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and an insurance company all separately ruled out "everything that would be attributed to common accidental cause," including vehicles, electrical wiring and barbecues, Marty said.
Damage from the fire was estimated at $1 million, and it destroyed six one-bedroom apartments and at least six cars.
A good Samaritan, 23-year-old Trevor Kasimoff, rescued several occupants, including two young children dropped to him from the second floor by their mother when the family was trapped by flames.