A third-alarm fire consumed a care facility that was under construction near Northern and 23rd avenues in central Phoenix on March 18, 2017, said Phoenix Fire Capt. Ardell Deliz.
Phoenix police are offering a reward of $26,000 for information about two people who set fire to a senior living center under construction.
Fire leveled the three-story facility on Northern Avenue near 23rd Avenue in March.
Many seniors had already started moving into the living center when it was set on fire, Phoenix fire Capt. Rob McDade said.
“Now it’s just dirt, and they have to start all over,” he said, calling it a “big loss for the community.”
The fire began at about 2:45 a.m. on March 18. An accelerant was used, indicating the blaze was intentionally set, fire officials said.
The fire has cost up to $5 million in damages and construction is delayed up to a year, McDade said.
The Silent Witness program initially offered a $1,000 reward, but the owner of the care home has added an additional $25,000 to urge people to help, McDade said.
One of the arsonists is a man who wore a light-colored shirt, black pants and a backpack. The second wore all black and also had a backpack.
Anyone with information can contact Silent Witness at silentwitness.org, 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish speakers.
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