Man questioned in string of North Hollywood fires
The man was sleeping in his car next to a bag of burning paper in a parking lot, prompting authorities to detain him for questioning, said Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators. He was later released, they said.
Firefighters responded to at least a dozen fires between 2 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Sunday, and other incidents are under investigation in connection with the case, officials said.
Most of the fires were set to vehicles in carports that extended into nearby structures along Lankershim Boulevard between Burbank Boulevard and Saticoy Street.
Though most were set Sunday, officials said the first was in the early morning hours of July 21.
Beefed-up police patrols are monitoring the area, officials said, and the LAFD arson section is still investigating the case. Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call LAFD at (213) 485-6095 or (213) 485-4701.
-- Kate Mather
Photo: A series of suspected arson fires in North Hollywood are under investigation. Credit: KTLA