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Witnesses to arson sought

October fire damaged electronics company Globo Tech Industries

Posted: February 27, 2010 9:32 p.m.
Updated: February 28, 2010 6:30 a.m.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is seeking witnesses to an arson-related fire at a Valencia electronics firm last October.

Firefighters responded to the blaze Oct. 24, 2009, at Globo Tech Industries. They determined the fire was too dangerous to fight and called for the Arson-Explosives Detail.

"When the Fire Department got there, they arrived to find the smell of gasoline everywhere," Sheriff's Department Detective Mike Digby said. "They were so concerned about entering this building that they called for a hazardous-materials team and the L.A. Sheriff's bomb squad."

According to Digby, someone got into the business, lit a fire that caused an explosion, and then got away.

In an interview following the fire, the owner of the business, John Valerio, told investigators he has no idea who would specifically target his business, said Digby.

"We know there are people that have information, and those people are looking for a place to call," Digby said.

Globo Tech Industries is a "‘wholesale electronic component distributor' that markets both active and passive electrical and electronic components," according to its Web site.

Anyone who may have information regarding the fire is asked to contact sheriff's Detective Sgt. Mike Costleigh or Detective Mike Digby at (323) 881-7515.


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