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Molotov cocktail thrown into DA's Office, investigators on the hunt

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Apr 29 2014 09:19:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 29 2014 10:18:34 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Redding Fire Investigators are looking into who threw a Molotov cocktail through a window into the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.

A Molotov cocktail is a glass bottle filled with flammable liquid, usually gasoline, lit on fire using a rag stuffed inside.

Redding firefighters responded to a water flow alarm around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.

A small fire started but the sprinkler system quickly extinguished it.

When they arrived they found the Crime Victim's Assistance Center flooded.

The flooding left behind $10,000 to $15,000 in damage.

Around 11:00 a.m. the rumble of large fans filled what should be a productive office.

Now eight employees have been relocated because the stench and water damage caused by the systems that extinguished the Molotov cocktail forced them out.

"Every arson that we have is worrisome," Redding Fire Investigator Craig Wittner said.

The damaged window on the corner West and Shasta Streets is now boarded up.

A motive for the attack is unknown.

"We receive threats from time to time. That's just the cost of doing business in this particular business," Chief Deputy District Attorney Josh Lowery explained.

But Lowery said he doesn't know of any recent threats that could be connected to this case.

"Certainly we take all threats very seriously, and our main concern is protecting our employees and staff," Lowery continued.

Lowery said the main goal right now is removing the smell of gasoline and burned debris so employees can return to their work area.

"I don't know how long that's going to take to resolve but that's our biggest problem right now."

Lowery said there is a safety protocol for employees but would not go into specifics.

Anyone with information should contact the Redding Fire Department.