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Authorities seek supects in El Monte arson case

February 4, 2010 |  6:16 pm

Authorities released a surveillance video today to help produce leads in identifying a suspect who set fire to a stolen vehicle Monday morning in El Monte.

The man, along with a second suspect, parked near Ramona Boulevard and Durfee Avenue and unloaded property from the vehicle, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. The man then started a fire inside the vehicle.

As the flames grew, the man ran away and appeared to be brushing himself off, said Capt. Greg Cleveland of the Fire Department's arson unit.

"He may have burned himself," Cleveland said.

The man ran to a white Jeep Cherokee, driven by the other suspect, and the pair fled the scene, according to Cleveland.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland at (626) 433-1011. Anonymous tips can be left at (800) 47-ARSON.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Video: Surveillance footage. Source: Los Angeles County Fire Department.