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Arson suspect arrested, not tied to recent outbreak, police say

January 1, 2012 | 10:40 am

Los Angeles police arrested a man early Sunday who was allegedly attempting to set a fire at an apartment complex in Northridge, but the incident was not believed to be connected to the recent string of arson fires involving vehicles in Los Angeles and West Hollywood, authorities said.

Police were reluctant to release information about the Northridge incident, including the name of the suspect. "We're still investigating the crime," Sgt. William Sanders said. So far, he said, the man does not appear to be linked to fires that have been set throughout Los Angeles County since Thursday night.

Officers responded around 3:41 a.m. to a report of a possible attempted arson in the 17900 block of Roscoe Boulevard, where the suspect had been detained by citizens who said he had been using a "combustible liquid," Sanders said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is also investigating the incident.

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