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Another suspected arson fire erupts, at Hollywood and Highland

December 31, 2011 |  8:27 pm

Another car fire ignited in Hollywood, this time at the massive Hollywood and Highland parking structure, a destination for revelers out to celebrate New Year's Eve.

Firefighters responded after 7 p.m. after a report that a car inside the parking deck was on fire, said Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Brian Humphrey. By the time they arrived, the fire was out, Humphrey said.

But a suspect's image may have been captured on one of the structure's video cameras; police were broadcasting a description of a white male in his mid-30s with a receding hairline and a ponytail.

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 Candy McHenry had just left the Hard Rock Cafe with relatives when lights began flashing and alarms sounding in the parking structure's third level. Her nephew saw a man stuggling to extinguish flames engulfing a white Camaro and took some video of the incident on his cellphone, McHenry said.

Her family was briefly stuck inside the parking structure when metal doors automatically closed. Within a few minutes, someone manually opened the gate and her family drove away.

That fire was the latest in a string of recent blazes. Early Friday morning, 21 fires were started in a relatively small area around Hollywood and West Hollywood. On Friday night and Saturday morning, 17 others were reported. They were similar to the ones in the Hollywood area but were spread out over a much larger area.


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