(courtesy Anaheim PD)

Surveillance tape from the fire on April 21 showed a person of interest that police are now asking the public to help identify. (courtesy Anaheim PD)

ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — Police sought the public’s help Wednesday in identifying a person of interest in connection with a recent three-alarm fire at an Anaheim recycling center.

On Sunday, April 21, 2013, Anaheim Police Officers and members of Anaheim Fire & Rescue responded to a fire at a recycling center in the 1100 block of North Anaheim Blvd.

Because of the types of materials present at the recycling center, the fire rapidly expanded, prompting a response from Anaheim Fire & Rescue and other resources from the Anaheim Police Department for traffic control.

One firefighter was injured, transported to a local hospital for treatment and later released. A police officer was also overcome with smoke during the initial response and was treated and released at the scene.

Anaheim Police Detectives and Arson Investigators from Anaheim Fire & Rescue estimate the damage to the recycling center at $1 million.

Surveillance video has revealed a person of interest seen near the origin of the fire just prior to visible smoke and flame. He is described as a male Hispanic, 5’8″, 180-200 lbs, thick black hair, black mustache, and dark skin. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, gray t-shirt, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on him is asked to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS or visit the Crime Stoppers website.


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