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Statement by Sims Metal Management

"Sims Metal Management recently received and reviewed the Redwood City Police Department's announcement regarding its joint investigation with the Redwood City Fire Marshal into the cause of the fire that occurred at our Redwood City facility on December 17, 2013. We greatly appreciate the dedication and effort by both the Police and Fire departments during their ongoing investigation.

"We understand and respect that the joint investigation is ongoing and we continue to support and cooperate in any way we can.

"While not conclusive as to cause, the Police Department's statement that there is a common consensus amongst the investigators that the fire may have been deliberately set is of course of concern to us. It also is consistent with our understanding of the suspicious circumstances of that incident.

"Regardless of the final outcome of the investigation, we at Sims want to remind the community that we remain committed to the Bay Area communities in which we operate, to safety, security and environmental stewardship at each of our Bay area facilities – and to responsible metal recycling, our core business.

"As we perform the work of recycling, we continue to work to improve our fire prevention and preparedness systems, and to implement those commitments we made to the City after the December fire.

"Reflecting that commitment, over the past few years we have spent millions of dollars in Redwood City on fire risk reduction efforts – including installing multiple fire hydrants, adding and expanding fire lanes and fire access gates.

"Since the December fire we have Sims personnel on-site around the clock, and are shredding the stockpiles to the ground at the end of each day, thereby eliminating that fire risk.

"Finally, we would like to pass along the following request: As the investigation continues, anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Redwood City Detective Dave Cirina at 650-780-7607. Those wanting to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477."

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