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Arrest Made in Connection with North Hollywood Arson Fires

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 |

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - An arrest was made yesterday August 2nd, of an arson suspect in connection with the recent string of fires in the North Hollywood area.

The investigation was lead by the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section, and assisted by LAPD's Major Crimes Division & North Hollywood Division, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The intense investigation began after arson was suspected at an early morning structure fire on July 17th, at the 7000 block of Hinds Avenue. Over the past 17 days an approximate 20 fires, including vehicles, rubbish and structures, around the Lankershim Boulevard corridor area between Burbank Boulevard and Saticoy Street are being closely examined.

Investigators worked around the clock following leads from citizens, interviewing observers, and performing nightly patrols, to gain valuable clues. Countless hours were spent analyzing minute by minute video footage, narrowing down their search. All leads were thoroughly disseminated, and investigators began closing in.

In the early hours of August 2nd, two vehicles were set on fire, one at the 7300 block of Farmdale Avenue and the other at the 7500 block of Troost Avenue, leading to the arrest of a suspected arsonist that may be linked to the multitude of fires. Thanks to the tireless work of Investigators, 34 year-old Kurt Billie of North Hollywood, was taken into custody without incident. He has been booked at LAPD Van Nuys Division.

The Los Angeles Fire Department would like to praise citizens for remaining alert and reporting all suspicious activity.

Submitted by Erik Scott & Cecil Manresa, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

(Photos by Harry Garvin)


Anonymous said...

Good catch... Now the hard investigation begins...It will be difficult to tie the suspect to 20 different arsons... It was just a matter of time before this guy killed somebody... GREAT JOB

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 7:21,

Thanks for your kind words of confidence in the LAFD and allied agency Investigators who have - and as you infer, continue to work tirelessly on this case.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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