To whom it may concern:
I'm checking a story by Jody Rosen about a June 1, 2008 fire on the Universal Studios backlot that's slated for the June 16 issue of The New York Times Magazine. The story is focused on the fire's impact on the contents of an archive on the backlot, but it includes quite a number of details about how the fire started, spread, and was fought. I'm hoping that you can help me confirm these sorts of details. I got in touch with LAFD directly, and they sent me here. I suppose what I'm looking for is anything and everything related to a fire that started on June 1, 2008 around 4:40 a.m. on the Universal Studios backlot. I've also included a list of things that I'm hoping to confirm in an attachment.
It'd be great to get responses from you by the end of the day Wednesday, if that's at all possible. If you'd like to respond piecemeal, that is perfectly fine. If a phone call is the best way to handle this, I'm happy to make or take one. In the meantime, I'll be sure to let you know if anything else crops up as the story is edited this week. Questions you have for me are always welcome.