"Human-Caused" Fire Still Under Investigation

Investigators have narrowed down the starting point of a fire that ripped through six apartment homes on David Street in Carson City. They point to juniper bushes in front of the building near the two central units. Friday night, they were still investigating how the bushes caught fire, and who may have done it.

Fire Chief Tom Tarulli decline to comment on whether accelerants or matches were found in the area where the fire started. He says investigators still have to talk to neighbors and residents to get the whole picture. “Sometimes people walk up and say look at this, and look at that so we're not finished with the interviews,” he says. “Almost always we can figure out what started it, and we're hoping that happens in this case.”

For now residents have been relocated. Due to severe fire damage they will not be allowed to return. Fire officials say this fire is an example of how quickly and intensely juniper bushes burn. They say be sure to keep them clear of structures. “They're beautiful plants,” says Tarulli “But they're not beautiful up against your home. He says the plants burn very hot, causing windows to break. Fire then quickly spreads to drapery and furniture before crews have a chance to arrive.
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