Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Houston Field Division
At The Frontline Against Violent Crime
For Immediate Release
June 27, 2010
Contact: Franceska Perot, Ph.D.
ATF Special Agent, PIO
(281) 372-2908 (office)
RAC Frank Arredondo (956) 764-7940
Fire at Clothes Warehouse Intentionally Set
LAREDO, Texas — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Houston Field Division Special Agent in Charge Dewey Webb and Laredo Fire Chief Steve Landin announced today the completion of the on-scene investigation of the June 20, 2010 fire that completely destroyed Jerry’s Ropa Usada. They jointly announced that the blaze is ruled arson but were unable to release additional details as the investigation is on-going.
The ATF National Response Team (NRT) and the Laredo Fire Department completed their scene work yesterday. The investigators conducted in excess of 70 interviews and fully processed the scene. The information developed was reviewed and analyzed to assist in determining the cause and origin of the fire.
Local ATF special agents will continue to work in partnership on the investigation with the Laredo Fire Department until the individual(s) responsible are brought to justice said Webb.
ATF developed the NRT to assist federal, state, and local investigators in meeting the challenges faced at the scenes of significant arson and explosives incidents. The NRT consists of three teams organized geographically to cover the United States. Each team can respond within 24 hours to assist state and local law enforcement/fire service personnel in onsite investigations.
ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating major fires and crimes of arson. More information on ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.