Hollywood arson fires: Authorities probe link to earlier blazes
Fire officials are investigating whether 19 arson fires started overnight in Hollywood and West Hollywood are connected to a string of fires ignited in the same region Thursday morning.
In both cases, cars, carports and trash were set ablaze within blocks of each other, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Eric Scott.
LAPD Hollywood Division officers arrested Samuel Arrington, 22, of Sunland, early Thursday morning on charges that he set at least three fires and tried to start a fourth. Police said they are gathering more information on Arrington. It is estimated that the fires in that case caused more than $100,000 in property damage.
Sources familiar with the investigation said police do not yet have a description of a suspect or suspects in the latest series of fires.
It has not yet been determined if authorities are dealing with accomplices of the original suspect, a copycat or a new suspect or suspects unrelated to the previous series of fires.
"We'll be working around the clock to bring this individual or these individuals to justice," Scott said, asking residents to remain vigilant.
Anyone with information about the incidents can call (213) 893-9800.
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Photo: Firefighter Matthew Hills looks at the damage Thursday after an arson fire destroyed two apartments and four cars at 1434 N. Fuller Ave. in Hollywood. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times