STATter911 has the breaking news that the sprinklers may have been turned off during police operations at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. (HERE)
This excerpt from the The Sacramento Bee: “Officials won’t say if sprinklers were turned off during Galleria fire” may provide clues:
Police have said that during the fire a Roseville police robot was approaching a backpack left behind by the arson suspect. Authorities feared it might contain a bomb.
Before the robot could reach the backpack, part of the mall roof caved in, burying both the robot and the backpack.
A law enforcement source who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak on the investigation told The Bee Monday that three robots were in use the day of the fire, and that the Roseville police robot had become hung up on something inside the mall.
A second robot from Placer County suffered a short-circuit because of water, the source said. Placer County officials declined to comment, referring questions to Roseville police.
A third robot provided by federal officials also was at the scene.
Read entire article from Sam Stanton, Dale Kasler and Ed Fletcher HERE
On Placer County Sheriff’s website: “Bomb Robot received from Federal Government at No Charge” (webpage)
Mike “FossilMedic” Ward
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