Overnight Arson Fires in South LA Possibly Connected - NBC Southern California

Overnight Arson Fires in South LA Possibly Connected

Two cars were set on fire early Thursday morning. Minutes later, another arson fire was reported in a nearby Home Depot parking lot.



    Two vehicles and brush behind a Home Depot were engulfed in flames early Thursday morning and police have no suspects. Jacob Rascon reports. (Published Thursday, April 17, 2014)

    Police continue to search for two men spotted leaving the scene of a string of arson fires that engulfed two vehicles in flames and burned brush behind a Home Depot Thursday morning in South LA.

    The vehicles were set on fire near the intersection of West 60th and South Western Avenue at about 1:30 a.m., LAPD said. Minutes later, just three blocks away, the fire behind Home Depot was lit near the intersection of Slauson and Western Avenues.

    The Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating whether these fires are related.

    The fires destroyed three people's property. A homeless man, who goes by "Bikeman," lost his tent and bike workshop in the blaze behind Home Depot.

    The owners of the two burned vehicles are shocked by what has happened.

    "I'm upset," said Vanessa Barrios, whose pickup truck was burnt. "This is my community, my block. We can't be safe and it's really sad."

    Police do not have any leads and are asking anyone with information to call their arson line at 213-893-9850.

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