Previously Convicted Serial Arsonist Arrested for String of Fires Set Across Studio City - NBC Southern California

Previously Convicted Serial Arsonist Arrested for String of Fires Set Across Studio City

A man was arrested in connection with the fires around 9 a.m.

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    The man accused of setting the 11 fires was captured on security footage, appearing to collect flammable cardboard. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (Published Friday, Aug. 23, 2019)

    A previously convicted serial arsonist was arrested Thursday morning in connection with a string of fires that were set throughout Studio City, fire officials said. 

    The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to eleven scenes on Ventura Boulevard before 4 and 6 a.m., including various auto fires, rubbish fires and a reported structure fire that turned out to be a dumpster fire. 

    Some of the fires were small while some extended to larger areas, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. No injuries were reported and no structured were damaged. 

    One of LAFD's arson K-9's Blue detected an accelerant while investigating the fires. 

    String of Fires Being Investigated as Arson

    [LA] String of Fires Being Investigated as Arson

    A previously convicted serial arsonist was arrested in connection with 11 fires investigators believe were arson. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 23, 2019)

    The fires were deemed suspicious and were investigated as possibly linked together as a single arson case.

    Investigators combed through surveillance video and arrested a man -- described as a serial arsonist -- in connection with the fires around 9 a.m. 

    Personnel from the LAFD's Arson/Counter Terrorism Section and the Los Angeles Police Department were assigned to the investigation. 

    Investigators declined to comment on what was used to spark the fires. 

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