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North Hollywood arson fires: Suspect arrested

August 2, 2011 |  7:53 am

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a string of arson fires in North Hollywood.

Authorities said the arrest Tuesday came after a small mobile home fire broke out just before 4:30 a.m. in the 7300 block of Farmdale Avenue in North Hollywood, part of an area police had been monitoring after about a dozen fires were set there in a three-day span last month.

The person in custody is suspected in the earlier fires as well, police said. A news conference about the arrest is scheduled for 9 a.m.

At least 12 fires were set July 21-24, and investigators said the arsonist might have been responsible for six more.

Most of the fires were set to vehicles in carports and spread to nearby structures along Lankershim Boulevard between Burbank Boulevard and Saticoy Street.

Arson investigators are still on the scene of Tuesday’s fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.


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Photo: Los Angeles City arson investigators at the scene of a motor home fire in the 7300 block of Farmdale Avenue. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times