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Thursday, November 10, 2016

ATF, Local Investigators Offering $10,000 Reward for Information about Lester Avenue Fire



OAKLAND, Calif. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward up to $10,0000 for information regarding the Lester Avenue Fire.

A specialized fire investigation team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrived in Oakland, California, Nov. 2, to assist with investigating a five-alarm structure fire that occurred at about 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

A team of around 25 special agents and other experts with the National Response Team (NRT) are working jointly with the Oakland Fire Department, Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County Fire Investigation Task Force to investigate the fire that destroyed an apartment complex development (located at 317 Lester Ave. in Oakland).

Certified fire investigators and other experts are sifting through debris, reconstructing the scene, collecting evidence, conducting interviews and attempting to identify an origin and cause of the fire.

ATF is the sole federal agency with experience and resources to investigate fires and crimes of arson in the U.S. and its territories. The primary mission of the NRT is to concentrate ATF explosives and fire investigative resources and expertise on large-scale and complex incidents due to the size, scope or number of victims.

Anyone with any information about this crime should contact ATF at (800) ATF-FIRE(1-800-283-3473) or by visiting www.reportit.com (link is external) (link is external) or through the mobile “reportit” app, available both on Google Play and the Apple App Store. All calls will be kept confidential.

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