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After new arson fires, LAPD blocks off Laurel Canyon Boulevard

January 2, 2012 |  3:00 am

Los Angeles police set up a roadblock on Laurel Canyon Boulevard early Monday morning after several new suspicious arson fires broke out overnight in the Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon and San Fernando Valley areas.

Authorities said they were trying to determine whether all the fires were related to a string of arson blazes that began Friday in Hollywood.

Police were checking cars at the roadblock, which was set up at Laurel Canyon and Hollywood boulevards.

The latest fires all broke out shortly after 1:30 a.m., said Capt. Jaime Moore, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman.

“We have four fires that we are responding to simultaneously. They all came out within minutes of each other,” Moore said. “I have arson investigators on the scene of each one.”

Moore confirmed the fires to be at the 1700 block Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Hollywood; 8500 block of Eastwood Road in the Hollywood Hills; the 4300 block of Greenbush Avenue and 4200 block of Sunnyslope in Sherman Oaks.

No injuries had been reported, Moore said.

Officials said Sunday that they have linked at least 39 fires to a series of arsons that began Friday morning in Hollywood. At a news conference Sunday morning, officials said that many of the fires have been started in cars and in some cases spread to carports, garages and apartment buildings.

But they have declined to say what evidence ties the cases together or give more information about how the fires were set. Law enforcement sources told The Times that detectives were concerned that releasing more information could prompt the arsonist or arsonists to change tactics or could encourage copycats.

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