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LA Arson Fires

January 2, 2012 by staff 

LA Arson FiresLA Arson Fires, A “person of interest” has been taken into custody for questioning in connection with dozens of suspicious car fires that have hit the area around Los Angeles since last week. Twelve more suspected arson fires broke out at carports and garages in the area early on Monday. Police distributed DVDs on Sunday featuring footage of a person of interest, a white man between 20 and 30 years old with a receding hairline and a shoulder-length ponytail.

He was caught on video after emerging on foot from inside an underground parking structure on Hollywood Boulevard where a car fire was reported.

Fire department spokesman Captain Jaime Moore said it was too soon to say whether the held man was the person seen on the video footage. “It’s still too early to say whether or not this person has any direct correlation to the fires,” Moore said.

Moore said authorities believe the new fires were connected to the earlier blazes, which now stand at 55.

The outbreak of arson fires has left a trail of smouldering debris in Hollywood, West Hollywood, North Hollywood and the Fairfax district of Los Angeles since Thursday.

Most of the fires were set in parked cars. In several cases, flames have jumped to carports and apartments. There have been no injuries.

Authorities have not said how the car fires were sparked or what was collected at the crime scenes. They are unsure if the rash of fires were the work of one arsonist, multiple people or copycats.

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