California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday the massive fire that erupted under the I-10 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles last weekend — disrupting commutes for hundreds of thousands of residents — was likely caused by arson.
“Arson appears to be the likely ignition for this fire,” Newsom said, according to NBC. “That ignition (point and cause) was determined with precision by the fire marshal, Cal Fire, and their teams.”
Newsom reportedly said Cal Fire investigators completed the initial probe and determined “there was malice intent” and “that it was arson and that it was done and set intentionally.”
“The determination of who was responsible is an investigation that is ongoing,” he said.
Authorities have not identified a suspect or suspects connected to the possible cause of the inferno,