LA firefighters battle 8 arson fires overnight

Due to firefighters' quick efforts, all fires were swiftly extinguished minimizing damage and no one was injured


Daily News

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators believe a series of eight fires overnight in the North Hollywood and Sun Valley areas were intentionally set, according to an LAFD spokesman.

The suspected arson fires broke out beginning at 3 a.m. Sunday. The fires ranged from trash bins that were set on fire to a burning mattress laid against an automobile to structures near a commercial building that were set on fire, according to LAFD spokesman Erik Scott.

“Due to firefighters’ quick efforts, all fires were swiftly extinguished minimizing damage and no one was injured,” Scott said.

Six on-call arson investigators responded to the fires, Scott said.

Investigators detained and questioned one person of interest, however, that person was released, Scott said.

“Anyone even contemplating starting a fire in the act of arson in L.A. better think twice,” Scott said. “The LAFD considers the crime of arson to be the most egregious crime committed in the city and our arson investigators will utilize all of our resources to investigate and prosecute the responsible parties.”

The fire that lead investigators to believe the fires were connected was at 7215 Camellia Ave, where Camonics Camshaft Co. is located. An outside storage yard was consumed.

A trash bin was set on fire near the sidewalk on Kraft Avenue near Sherman Way.

Most of the fires set were in the response area of LAFD Station 89 at 7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators are encouraged to call the LAFD arson section at 213-893-9850.

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