Police hunt for arsonist who targeted local fire truck

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011

Juneau Police are on the hunt for a firebug who tried to torch a ladder truck responding to a downtown fire alarm Wednesday evening.

Police were told by personnel from Capital City Fire and Rescue that someone had attempted to set one of their Fire Trucks on fire at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Firefighters had responded downtown to investigate a fire alarm at an apartment building when the incident took place.

Upon arrival, JPD Officers spoke with both CCFR personnel and witnesses at the scene. They determined that firefighters had parked their fire truck, Engine 12, near to Pocket Park at the intersection of S. Franklin and Front Street.

The fire truck was occupied by two firefighters, who were sitting in the cab.

The firefighters said that as they sat in the cab, they saw flames coming from the rear of the fire truck. They left the cab and used onboard fire extinguishers to extinguish the fire.

The fire had originated from what appeared to be a stream of spilled gasoline on the street, which had flowed under the fire truck.

The on-duty CCFR Captain determined that the fire truck would have to be taken offline until a mechanic could determine the extent of the damage. The source of the gas on the street was not located.

JPD Officers spoke with other witnesses, who stated they saw an adult male approach the stream of gasoline on the street and light it with a lighter. The flames then engulfed the rear of the fire truck. The man fled the area. A person of interest has been identified and the investigation is continuing.

Witnesses are asked to call the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600. Calls can also be made anonymously to Crime Line at 586-4243.

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