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Man Arrested in Fire That Destroyed Mozart, Beethoven Scores

July 24, 1993

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ A man was arrested for investigation of starting a fire that destroyed original Mozart and Beethoven musical scores, artwork and the building that housed them.

Phillip Towell, 34, was arrested Thursday at his Burbank home and was booked for investigation of arson in the $7.5 million fire on Jan. 24, 1992, said Sgt. John Murphy.

The blaze destroyed the Ledler Corp. and the Lawrence E. Deutsch and Lloyd E. Rigler Foundation building. Towell was a foundation employee at the time, Murphy said. A motive for the fire wasn’t known.

In addition to the scores, the fire destroyed lithographs by Georgia O’Keeffe and original oil paintings by French painter Maurice de Vlaminck.

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