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* Los Gatos family struck twice by arson offering reward

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Police and fire investigators in Los Gatos are hoping that a $20,000 reward will be enough for anyone with information to come forward about two arson fires set at the same home in recent months. On Oct. 28, the Santa Clara County Fire Department and the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department responded to a home in Los Gatos’ Vista Del Monte neighborhood, where a structure fire was reported.

Firefighters located a dog in distress that had to be resuscitated and treated at a veterinary hospital.Fire arson investigators determined that the fire had been set deliberately. Less than three months later, on Jan. 12, fire and police returned to the same home after receiving a report of a structure fire. Arriving responders found smoke and flames coming from the home’s garage.

The second fire rendered the home uninhabitable, and investigators determined that the fire was again deliberately set and whoever started the fire had gained entry to the garage.The fire department had initially offered a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, and the victimized family agreed to match the reward, for a total reward of up to $20,000.

Investigators believe the arsonist may be a young adult or teenager.”It is our hope that this increased reward and media attention will cause local parents to have a discussion with their teenagers about the case,” Police Chief Scott Seaman said. “Someone has information about this crime, and we need them to come forward.”

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