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Police search for Lexus vehicle possibly linked to L.A. fires

December 31, 2011 |  8:03 am

13 New Arson Fires Set in San Fernando Valley Area

Police detectives probing a series of arson fires in Los Angeles said they are looking for a male driving a mid-1990s Lexus ES300 vehicle that is white and tan in color.

No description of the suspect was released, and it's unclear to which fires the vehicle might be tied. More than 35 fires have been set in the last two days, and police said they are not sure if they are dealing with one arsonist or several.

Police officials reported at least 16 new arson fires early Saturday in Los Angeles.

Photos: Hollywood arson fires

Eight of the fires occurred in North Hollywood, three in the foothill area of the San Fernando Valley, three in the Wilshire Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, one on the Westside and one in Lennox.

The latest blazes come on top of a series of arson fires that occurred Friday morning. In that string of blazes, 21 fires were set in Hollywood and West Hollywood, making it one of the worst arson rampages in Los Angeles in recent history.

Among the properties damaged was the Hollywood Hills home where The Doors' Jim Morrison once lived. The home inspired Morrison's song "Love Street."

Nearly all of the fires started with a vehicle being set ablaze. Several times, however, the flames jumped to nearby apartment buildings or houses, causing significant damage at some of the locations.


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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: An arson fire rages in the San Fernando Valley. Credit: KTLA