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Public Help Sought in North Hollywood Arson Fires

Sunday, July 24, 2011 |

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - The Los Angeles Fire Department's Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section is investigating a series of intentionally set fires that occurred this week along the Lankershim Boulevard corridor between Burbank Boulevard and Saticoy Street in North Hollywood.


LAFD Investigators are urging residents to be alert, make note of suspicious activity and minimize the threat of arson by removing dry vegetation, trash and debris. Property owners are also encouraged to use outdoor lighting, lock vehicles and place rubbish within covered trash cans in well-secured areas to curtail the possibility of arson.

The active investigation into these purposely set fires is being led by the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section, working closely with officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Community Police Station.

Anyone witnessing active fire, fire-setting or imminent danger to life and property is encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Those with information about these or other suspicious fires, should call the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213) 485-6095 or the on-duty Operations Control Dispatch (OCD) Floor Captain at (213) 485-4701.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I heard that there is a suspect for these fires who has been convicted of arson before. Is this rumor true?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 12:00,

Los Angeles Fire Department Investigators consider this very much an active investigation, and have released no recent statements regarding the status of their investigation. We are therefore unable to confirm or debunk what we believe you correctly called a rumor.

If and when there is a statement to release, our staff will seek to post it here.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Is there a suspect description? I read on one of the links to the right of the News and Information that the LAPD had caught a guy and are questioning him. If the transient isn't "The Arsonist" is there any description to allow the public to keep an eye out for him or her.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 4:24,

The LAFD Investigators who are (very) actively investigating this series of fires, have not released any statement describing a person/persons who may be responsible.

If and when additional details, such as a suspect/s description is ready to be offered publicly, we will strive to do so here, as well as through social and mainstream media.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Have the LAFD and LAPD investigators looked up all of the convicted arsonists that live in the districts where the fires were set or in the districts directly neighboring the one involved? It sounds like this person has done this before and maybe learned from their mistakes because from what I heard they are using Class A combustibles to start the fires and not accelerants. It sounds like the arsonist knows what they are doing to me. Maybe people with pyrotechnics licenses?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 4:35,

Thank you for sharing thoughts that had crossed many minds - and thankfully long before you and I had pondered such possibilities - the minds of hardworking Police and Fire Department Investigators who have worked tirelessly on this investigation.

While our office is not privy to all of the facts gleaned by the investigation team, we are pleased to clarify that such "Class A" (or ordinary combustibles) are ubiquitous and not the sole domain of those with pyrotechnic training.

We appreciate you and many others taking the time to share thoughts and observations on this troubling matter, which we now believe has been brought to a conclusion this week with the arrest of a suspect.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Friends of the LAFD,

As noted above, we are pleased to report that a suspect has been arrested in regard to these fires.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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