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Series of small fires in Northridge believed to be arson

The Los Angeles Fire Department is asking for the public’s help in finding whoever set a series of apparently intentional fires in Northridge.

Eight small fires, mostly set in dry vegetation or trash, burned last Thursday in the early morning hours. The blazes are believed to be arson and potentially connected to four similar fires in the area last April, according to the department's website.

They mostly occurred within a mile radius around the intersection of Tampa Avenue and Devonshire Street.

Fire investigators are asking the public to watch out for suspicious activity, particularly around dry brush and trash. Residents are encouraged to use outdoor lighting and cover their trash cans to help prevent future fires.

Anyone with information about the fire spree in Northridge is asked to call the LAFD at (213) 485-6095.

-- Robert Faturechi

 
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