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Reward in Station fire arson now at $150,000

September 8, 2009 |  2:09 pm

Lanow.fire The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the arsonist who set the deadly Station fire.

The state had already established a $100,000 reward in the fire, which has killed two firefighters and destroyed dozens of structures.

Investigators believe a substance found near the Station fire’s point of origin helped spread the deadly blaze, and it has emerged as a key piece of evidence in the arson probe, a source told The Times.

The source would not identify the substance but said it was found in the brush off Angeles Crest Highway, walking distance from the turnoff that is at the center of the arson probe.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said the substance was taken to a lab for testing to further verify arson investigators' findings. The recovered material is not a device, according to the source.

“There was material that didn't belong there. It was clear evidence that the fire was intentionally set,” the source said.

Sources said investigators are going through a database of arson suspects and fire bugs to search for possible suspects.

The deadly Station fire is now 60% contained but winds have become a concern for firefighters.

The blaze has charred more than 160,000 acres over the last two weeks. In a sign of the improved conditions, the massive command center at Lake View Terrace was being dismantled and moved to Irwindale.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Burned fire hose frames a turnout on the Angeles Crest Highway where fire investigators believe an arson ignited the massive Station fire. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times