Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Fire destroys LANL bid papers

In brief, 02/01/2006
Staff and wire reports
February 1, 2006


ALBUQUERQUE — An arson fire destroyed documents related to Lockheed Martin’s unsuccessful bid to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Fire officials wouldn’t release many details, but fire-department spokesman Capt. Mike Paiz said investigators found evidence an accelerant was used.

“It was definitely an arson fire,” Paiz said Tuesday. “Right now, this is an open investigation. There are a bunch of leads the investigators are examining. The only comment we can make is that we know it was arson.”

No suspect has been identified, he said.

Lockheed Martin spokeswoman Wendy Owen said a trailer in Albuquerque that contained paper files, computers and other equipment burned either late Jan. 21 or early Jan. 22.

The “research materials” related to the bid had been moved from an office to the trailer to be sent to a Lockheed Martin office on the East Coast, she said.

Last month, the Department of Energy awarded the Los Alamos contract to a team headed by Bechtel Corp. and the University of California.

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