LA Arson Spree Continues With 12 More Fires

12 more fires break out, police detain person of interest
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2012 5:46 AM CST
Updated Jan 2, 2012 8:26 AM CST
Los Angeles Arson Spree Continues; 4 More Car Fires Break Out in Hollywood
A Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter extinguishes multiple cars on fire in a carport in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.   (Dan Steinberg)

Another dozen fires broke out over two hours early this morning around Los Angeles, some of them apparently simultaneously, as police investigate 55 such incidents since last week. Police have now detained a "person of interest" in the crimes, believed to be the same white male between 20 and 30 years old shown in a police video released yesterday. The man was spotted walking out of an underground parking area where there was a fire Saturday, the AP reports.

Still, "it is too early to speculate if this person [is] responsible for the spree of arson fires," authorities say. As with earlier fires, today's blazes were mainly in cars and carports in apartment buildings, notes the Los Angeles Times, which reports no injuries. (More Los Angeles stories.)

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