Man is charged & # 39; after embers he dumped out of a water pipe, cause a huge fire that devastated restaurant & # 39;
- The fire destroyed the historic pavilion on the lake at Bde Maka Ska
- The damage to the pavilion that Lola & # 39; s housed on the lake amounted to more than $ 2 million
- The historic building was considered unsaleable and demolished
A man from Minneapolis was accused of criminal negligence after embers from a water pipe ignited a fire that destroyed the historic pavilion on the lake in Bde Maka Ska, in the city's Chain of Lakes.
Nouh Omar Elmi, 23, was accused on June 5 of & # 39; one count of negligent fire causing more than $ 2,500 in damages & # 39 ;.
The official complaint filed before the court estimated the actual damage to the pavilion that Lola & # 39; s was on the lake at more than $ 2 million.
In court document researchers said that Elmi and a female companion tried to ignite a water pipe just before 3 am on May 16
In court document investigators said that Elmi and a female companion tried to ignite a water pipe just before 3 am on May 16.
On the morning in question, storm conditions made it difficult to light the coal. But as seen in the video surveillance there were glowing embers in the coals.
At 3.17 pm, not long after he was seen on the camera's coal lighting, Elmi was spotted and dumped behind three trash cans near the southwest corner of the building.
The area was out of the rain but still exposed to the wind, despite the document claiming that there were other safer options for draining the coal.
The twenty-three-year-old and his female companion were then seen on the images of the CCTV as they walked away from the area as the fire began to build in the garbage cans.
Elmi was seen coming back to the scene at 3:24 am, where he seemed to be looking for something.
The Chief Inspector Al Bangoura of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board told Fox 9 that the fire left the building & # 39; unsaleable & # 39; had made
Meanwhile, the flames began to build at the base of the columns of the pavilion to fully absorb it at 3:42 am.
Neighbors called 911 and emergency services responded to the fire. By the time the fire service personnel arrived on site, the flames were through the roof.
The Chief Inspector Al Bangoura of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board told Fox 9 the fire had the building & # 39; unsaleable & # 39; abandoned.
& # 39; We have been destroyed by the loss of such an & # 39; n iconic feature along the lake. No matter how difficult a decision is, removing the structure is the right thing to do and will allow us to rise out of it and move on. & # 39;
The fire completely destroyed the historic pavilion on the lake at Bde Maka Ska
The pavilion was demolished last week.
Shortly after the fire, the police published a press release in an attempt to identify the people who were seen on the surveillance footage.
A woman contacted the police and identified herself as the one in the images of CCTV with Elmi.
Elmi faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $ 5000 fine.
His first appearance in court is scheduled for July 10.
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