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No longer a suspect

The 20-year-old man who was questioned by authorities Tuesday as a person of interest in the investigation into the origin of the Griffith Park fire is no longer a suspect, Los Angeles police officials said early today.

Authorities say the cause of the blaze is still under investigation but after hours of questioning, the man who was reported near the scene when the fire broke out did not appear to be involved. "He's no longer a person of interest at this time," said LAPD officer Karen Smith. The man had reportedly been smoking a cigarette or using matches when the fire broke out. He is being treated treated for burns at a San Fernando Valley burn facility. Los Angeles Fire and police officials continue to try and determine how the fire started, whether it was deliberately set or accidental.

-Andrew Blankstein


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