The Los Angeles Fire Department announced a $170,000 reward Wednesday to help authorities track down whoever set a Dec. 8 fire that grew into an inferno and nearly leveled an apartment complex under construction.

The City Council is expected to put up $75,000, which will be matched by another $75,000 from the developer of the Da Vinci apartment complex.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also offering $20,000.

The council is expected to approve its part of the reward offer on Friday.

The overnight fire, which was so hot it melted metal signs along the 110 Freeway, caused $25 million to $35 million in damage.

The fire also damaged two nearby office towers owned by the city. One was reopened a few days after the blaze, but the other has hundreds of broken windows and other damage expected to take at least six months to repair, according to city officials. The fire department urged anyone with information about the arsonist to call (213) 893-9850.

— City News Service

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