Suspicious Fire Destroys Car in Azusa Area Following Dispute Over Fireworks

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A map shows the approximate location of a suspected arson that destroyed one car and damaged another on Saturday, July 5, 2014, authorities said. (Credit: Google Maps)

Authorities on Saturday were investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed one car and damaged another in the Azusa area amid reports of illegal fireworks use.

Deputies and fire department personnel responded about 1:15 a.m. to the 18600 block of Mauna Loa Avenue (map), in unincorporated Los Angeles County, where a 1999 Camaro was on fire in the driveway of a home, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s San Dimas station.

The blaze was extinguished, but the car was deemed a total loss, the release said. A 1997 Saturn that was parked nearby sustained heat damage to the hood and driver’s side.

The Camaro was owned by a man whose mother, less than an hour earlier, had asked several people to stop lighting illegal “mortar” fireworks near the house, officials said.

The encounter occurred about 12:25 a.m., when the 66-year-old woman told the group she would be calling the police, according to the Sheriff’s Department. A brief argument ensued between the resident and a woman in the group.

The 66-year-old told investigators that she did not recognize the woman – whom she described as about 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches, and about 150 pounds — or her companions.

“Dispatch records indicate the victim did not call to report the fireworks or the argument,” the release said. “Another caller reported illegal fireworks about 1 ½ blocks away at 12:53 a.m., but did not locate any suspicious persons or illegal activity.”

The resident discovered the car fire about 45 minutes after the dispute, authorities said.




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