Report: Sprinklers turned off during California mall fire
December 18th, 2010
03:43 AM ET

Report: Sprinklers turned off during California mall fire

A sprinkler system in a California mall was turned off for more than an hour during a fire that devastated a California mall, a new report states.

The huge blaze occurred at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville, California, on October 21.

Roseville police and fire officials released a report Friday about the incident, which began when a man walked into a video game store and announced he had a weapon and was carrying a backpack that smelled of kerosene. The man was later identified as 23-year-old Alexander Piggee.

Roseville police and fire departments rushed to the scene, but both stalled in entering the mall because of the possibility that the suspect may have had a bomb, the report said.

The report also said a maintenance worker at the mall shut off the sprinkler system in the section of the mall where the fire started for 71 minutes.

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  1. the incredible edible leg

    Omg... his name.... bwahahaha... piggee... wow XD

    December 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. meee

    Heres a novel idea. .go ask him why he did it. .duhhh

    December 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mr. Satisfaction

    tea party solutions... Cut the water and leave english speaking to the rest of us in the real world. We use the excess water very well. World English is clearly superior. Merci

    December 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    At least they have fire sprinklers. The first Homeland Security prison was built without them. Oh, you didn't know Congress funded the construction of these "fema camps" did you. Why is that I wonder. Oh, it wasn't on TV. google fema camps and get a dose of reality.

    December 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
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