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“Ruben Ochoa Cruz, 20, of Joliet, is facing federal arson charges in connection with the blaze that caused around $70 million in damages last week. He had worked at the warehouse as a forklift operator for only seven months, investigators said.
The blaze broke out on April 21 at the RoomPlace’s main distribution center in the 2500-block of Internationale Parkway around 5 p.m. Firefighters said more than 700,000 square feet went up in flames, and more than 100 firefighters from 30 departments were called in to help. About 65 employees who were working at the time were able to escape unharmed, but the building was reduced to ash.
Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said that Cruz had an argument with management over his attendance the day the fire broke out. After returning to his duties, Cruz then allegedly lit a piece of packing slip on fire and dropped it from a forklift that had been raised high above the ground. Investigators said that Cruz has admitted to the crime.”Â Continue full article HERE