Sacto 9-1-1
August 26, 2011
Help sought identifying suspects in South Lake Tahoe arson

South Lake Tahoe arson investigators seek the public's help in identifying two people shown on surveillance video running from the area of the Bijou Center at the time of the fire early Thursday morning.

Police and firefighters responded to a report of a fire at the center at 3447 Lake Tahoe Blvd. about 3:45 a.m. They arrived to find a trash can on the outside of the business complex engulfed in flames and saw that the overhang of the building was starting to catch fire, according to a Police Department news release.

A sprinkler system on the outside of the building helped control the fire and kept it from spreading until firefighters were able to extinguish it.2.JPG

Officials said arson investigators from police and fire departments found evidence that the fire was deliberately set. Surveillance cameras in the area captured two males (photo, left) running from the area at the time of the fire.

Anyone who recognizes the people in the photo or has information about the incident is asked to call Detective Doug Sentell at the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, (530) 542-6100. People who wish to remain anonymous can also call Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.

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