L.A. Files $20M Lawsuit Over Da Vinci Apartment Developer’s Fire Protection Plan After Huge 2014 Blaze

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A 526-unit apartment complex in downtown L.A. caught fire on Dec. 8, 2014. (Credit: Eric Spillman/ KTLA)

The Los Angeles city attorney has filed a $20-million lawsuit against the developer of the downtown Da Vinci Apartments project, claiming its negligence was responsible for the damage caused by a massive 2014 fire at the project construction site.

The Dec. 8 fire destroyed the 75,000-square foot, seven-story complex alongside the 110 Freeway.

The blaze forced the closure of the freeway and the intense heat cracked at least 160 windows at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Investigators eventually arrested Dawud Abdulwali, a 56-year-old taxi driver, in connection with the fire. He does not appear to have any connection to the developer or the apartments he allegedly destroyed, officials said. He has pleaded not guilty.

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