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Another car fire hits Hollywood after spate of arson blazes

December 30, 2011 |  8:37 pm

Another car fire broke out Friday evening in an underground garage in Hollywood, the hardest-hit of two communities struck by a rash of vehicle fires the night before, authorities said.

Eric Scott, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman, said it was too early to tell if the fire in the 1600 block of North Sycamore Avenue was related to the spate of arson fires, but a team of investigators was at the scene looking into the cause. No injuries were reported, Scott said.

Authorities said 17 fires were set early Friday morning in Hollywood and four were set in West Hollywood. Most targeted cars directly. Others were set in carports or underground parking structures.

A $60,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the fires. Los Angeles County, the city of Los Angeles and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering the reward.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call 911 or (800) 222-TIPS.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles firefighters extinguished a grass fire about 6:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of Barham Boulevard near the Ford Theatre.

No structures were threatened and no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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-- Gale Holland

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