Arson Case Briefs
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Speedline Manufacturing Company, Inc.
August 16, 1993
A. IN: 63110-93-1125K
B. CASE AGENT: John F. Morgan
C. FIELD DIVISION/OFFICE: New York/Albany
D. PHONE: (518) 431-4182
E. PROSECUTOR: Robert Storch
On August 16, 1993, a fire destroyed the business premises of Speedline
Manufacturing Company, Inc., in Amsterdam, New York. The blaze completely
consumed the four-story building, which housed a corrugated cardboard processing
United States Code
Title 18, Section 844(I), Arson
Title 18, Section 1341, Mail Fraud
1. The fire was discovered by the owner of a neighboring business, who
observed smoke coming from a loading dock door along the west portion of
the building. Upon the arrival of the City of Amsterdam Fire Department,
it was noted that all doors and windows into the building were locked and
2. A comprehensive fire scene examination was initiated, involving investigators
from the ATF National Response Team, New York State Office of Fire Prevention
and Control, New York State Insurance Fraud Bureau, and City of Amsterdam
Police and Fire Departments.
3. The origin and cause investigation identified the fire as being incendiary.
All accidental fire causes were examined and eliminated. In addition, it
was discovered that the building's sprinkler system had been turned off
prior to the owner's departure from the building.
4. When questioned about the fire sprinkler system's inactive status,
the owner stated that he had accidentally struck a sprinkler head with a
On May 25, 1994, ATF agents in the Honolulu Field Office arrested the
owner on Federal arson, conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud charges while
she was on vacation in Honolulu. The second torch was arrested by San Francisco
ATF agents at his residence in Petaluma, California. The second torch also
agreed to fully cooperate with the investigation.