BURBANK ? A 19-month investigation into an October 2004 explosion at the International Recording Corp. in Burbank resulted in the arrest of two men on Monday on suspicion of arson and fraud, authorities said.
William Schlegel, 59, of Thousand Oaks, and Daniel Medina, 29, of Los Angeles, are charged with sparking a fire that obliterated their recording studio at 75 E. Santa Anita Ave. and showered debris that caused minor damage to vehicles and surrounding properties as far as three blocks away, said Capt. Frank Walbert, an arson investigator for the Fire Department. The men also allegedly filed a fraudulent $12.5-million insurance claim in an attempt to recover losses the fire incurred, he said.
Fire Department Capt. Bob Reinhardt and Chief Dave Starr led the investigation that involved Burbank's Police and Fire Departments, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and several forensics specialists, Walbert said .