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Arson suspected after cars, trash bin catch fire in Pomona

October 22, 2012 |  9:57 am

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials are seeking clues to help them catch an arsonist believed to have torched a carport, destroying a half-dozen cars and a boat.

Firefighters responded just after 12:45 a.m. Sunday to a report of a fire in an apartment complex near Keystone Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard in Pomona.

They arrived to find a carport engulfed in flames.

In addition to the destroyed cars and boat, several other vehicles parked near the structure were damaged by heat from the flames.

Fire officials believe someone set fire to the row of cars after setting fire to several other cars and a trash bin nearby.

"Any time you get multiple starts at the same time in close proximity to each other with no reason, it's cause for investigation," said Capt. Tom Richards of the L.A. County Fire Department.

The carport blaze caused at least $40,000 in damage, officials said. No one was reported injured.

One victim, who lost his Jeep in the fire, said members of his family don't know how they are going to get around.

"We don't know yet, 'cause we don't have money right now," Bruce Soto said. "We're just gonna be walking I guess for a while."

Investigators have not released a description of the arsonist.

Anyone with information is urged to call (626) 433-1011.


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