On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 5:23 AM, seven Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, three LAFD Rescue Ambulances, three Arson Units, and one EMS Battalion Captain, under the direction of Battalion Chief Christopher Kawai responded to a Structure Fire With Civilian Fatality at 1341 N. Poinsettia Pl. in Hollywood.
Firefighters responding to a reported structure fire discovered 3 small, intentionally set fires within one unit of a 2-story apartment complex. While extinguishing the fires, firefighters discovered the body of a 60 year-old woman who had suffered fatal stab wounds, she was declared deceased within the apartment. A male suspect, apparently the victims boyfriend, was apprehended on scene by Police Officers and transported by Paramedics to a local hospital complaining of chest pain.
The cause of the fire was determined to be "Arson to cover up a Murder". The dollar loss is estimated at $35,000 ($25,000 Structure and $10,000 Contents).
Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department