Investigators Conclude Arson Inquiry into Marina Home, Find No Wrongdoing
March 2, 2012
Investigators have concluded a devastating fire that killed five in November was not started by an act of arson, according to an announcement Friday.
Though fire was not set intentionally set, the cause remains undetermined.
"There are several possible electrical ignition sources, but absent further analysis of those sources it is not possible to establish whether any of them caused ignition," according to a statement released by Marina Fire Chief Harald Kelley.
Further investigation into those possible causes would most likely be left to insurance companies, says Marina Detective Sergeant Jeff Carr. "A lot of times, insurance companies are the people to forensically analyze those components," he says.
Within days after the fire killed five developmentally disabled residents of the residential care facility, Mt. Carmel, investigators reported that both caregivers on duty had tried to rescue their clients.
The team that investigated possible sources of the fire included Marina fire and police officials, as well as fire investigators Troy Leist of Seaside FD and Senior Special Agent Barbara Maxwell of the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.