I was listening to a live radio broadcast from LA before the fire. A "law enforcement expert" came on and said, with nightfall approaching, the cops would force the issue. He said they would very likely lob in tear gas, and that the tear gas might accidentally start a fire.
So I knew. I might mention, he was a rather poor actor. It was blatantly obvious the cops had asked the guy to start the excuses before they went all Waco on the shack.
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