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Suspicious Car Fire Prompts Arson Investigation in NoMa

by Tim Regan October 18, 2016 at 10:15 am 4 Comments

A task force composed of members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, D.C. Police and D.C. Fire is looking for the person who allegedly torched a vehicle parked in an alley in NoMa last weekend.

The suspicious car fire happened behind a building on the 200 block of K St. NE last Saturday around 2 a.m., according to D.C. Fire spokesman Doug Buchanan. The vehicle that caught fire was a gray 1989 E350 ambulance.

A security camera pointed at the alley appears to have captured the moment the fire started. In the video, first shared by neighborhood blog PoPville, a hooded man can be seen tampering with a parked vehicle before walking away. The car burst into flames roughly 20 minutes later, the footage shows.

About a half hour later, firefighters showed up and extinguished the blaze.

“The investigation initially led to an undetermined cause,” Buchanan said. “However, after the owner of the vehicle provided video footage of an unknown person setting the auto on fire, the determination was changed to incendiary.”

The torched ambulance reportedly was one used by a local nonprofit:

D.C. Fire and EMS is urging anyone who has more information about the fire to call its arson tip line at 202-673-2776.

  • Captain Obvious

    An ambulance converted into a mobile PA system gets torched. I’d start looking at the people that lodged noise complaints, anyone aggressive enough to confront the BBDC people face to face during events, and aggrieved artists or partners.

    • Peter Luce

      We’ve never had a single complaint and we only play at official events by invitation. All of our participants joyfully provide their talents.

  • Evan

    Inside job

    • Peter Luce

      Owner of the ambulance here. I’m 5’11” and 235lbs. The arsonist was at least 6’2″ and skinny as a scarecrow. None of the members of the non-profit match the description. None of the artists and musicians we work with match the description. The vehicle was insured only for the state minimum liability (blue book value maybe 7K).


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