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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

February 18, 2010

Contact: Patrick Gorman - ATF San Diego PIO

(858) 966-1020

ATF Offering $5,000 Reward in Arson Fire at Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today that a $5,000 reward will be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for an arson which occurred at Aviara Oaks Elementary School, Carlsbad.

At approximately 1:20 a.m., on Feb. 3, 2010, a fire occurred at Aviara Oaks Elementary School located at 6900 Ambrosia Lane.  This fire damaged the teachers’ workstation/lounge and it is estimated to have caused over $250,000 in damages.

The Carlsbad Fire Department, the Carlsbad Police Department and ATF responded to the scene.  Fire investigators from the Carlsbad Fire Department determined that the fire was deliberately set.  Law enforcement personnel are working to locate suspects and determine a possible motive for the fire.

This senseless crime caused an unnecessary financial and emotional impact to Carlsbad, Torres said.  ATF is determined to protect our local communities, and we are hopeful that the public can assist us in providing information which may lead us to the person or persons responsible for this crime.

School safety is a top priority for Carlsbad, said Carlsbad Police Department Investigations Commander Kelly Cain.  We are working in a coordinated manner with federal authorities to identify those responsible for this crime.

Anyone with information on the crime should contact ATF at (888) ATF-FIRE or (888) 283-3473.