Man in Custody After 6 Fires Along Ventura Boulevard

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Police are questioning a man who was taken into custody early Thursday after six fires were reported within an hour along Ventura Boulevard, authorities said.


A fire gutted a two-story apartment building in Sherman Oaks on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles police made an “arrest of a suspect in a separate warrant,” said Sgt. J. Hensley of the LAPD’s Van Nuys station, but he is “being questioned for the fires.”

Firefighters knocked down the series of blazes in Studio City and Sherman Oaks, the first of which was reported about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Thirty-five firefighters responded about 8:53 p.m. to a fire that started in a trash bin behind a strip mall in the 13900 block of Ventura Boulevard.

The fire spread to a neighboring two-story apartment before being extinguished within 17 minutes, according to Katherine Man, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

Arson investigators are still determining what caused the fires.

Witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section at 213-893-9850.

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