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The Da Vinci building fire and investigating arson

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Firefighters in front of the massive Da Vinci building fire on Dec. 8, 2014.
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Firefighters in front of the massive Da Vinci building fire

Today officials made an arrest into the massive fire of the Da Vinci apartment complex that raged near downtown Los Angeles last year. 

Yesterday officials announced an arrest into the massive fire of the Da Vinci apartment complex that raged near downtown Los Angeles last year. 

The incident caused $20 million to $30 million in damage to the apartment complex and more than $50 million in damage to a nearby city-owned building. 

But how did authorities know it was arson? And once arson is suspected, how do they look for clues that would lead them to a suspect?

We talked to Laura Billon, she's a certified fire investigator and arson profiler for the Center for Arson Research. 

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