Ten Questions for Darrell Issa
The Honorable Darrell E. IssaChairman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
The Third Lantern
The Issa Fire InvestigationYou are hereby requested to produce documents and answer questions raised by therevelations contained in the investigation of the mysterious fire at your company, made availableto the public for the first time atwww.IssaFiles.com.1.
In a recent
story, you claimed that the fire was officially declared accidental.Yet, in the official investigation, multiple fire and insurance inspectors suspected arson.What are the official documents upon which you base your declaration that the fire wasruled an accident?2.
According to an insurance claims investigator, you increased your insurance shortly before the fire from $100,000 to $462,000. On page 52 of the fire investigation, you toldthe fire investigator that you increased the insurance to cover the inventory of another company, which did not have adequate insurance. After the other company did insure itsinventory one day later, you kept your larger insurance policy too. Why did you keepcovering the other company’s inventory even after they obtained insurance?3.
On page 49 of the fire investigation, you told an insurance investigator that you learnedof the fire at your company at 2:35 AM. However, the Fire Department first learned of the fire from someone else, a full 9 minutes after you were notified. Why did you not callthe Fire Department to alert them about the fire at your company?4.
According to the
, you sued the insurance company for $175,000 to pay for your fire claim. Yet, you ultimately settled for about $20,000. If you were so confidentin your claim, why did you settle for so much less than your insurance supposedlyentitled you to?5.
In your interview with the
, you suggest that officials with another companyshould be suspected. Why did you neglect to inform law enforcement of your suspicions?
You have claimed that the fire was started on a workbench last used by an employee of your company. What action did you take regarding this employee?