Arson suspect arrested in series of fires along 101 Freeway in Echo Park

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Authorities arrested a man who allegedly admitted to setting six fires along the 101 Freeway in Echo Park early Friday morning, officials said.

Edgar Saavedra-Recinos of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of arson in the series of blazes that broke out between about 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. near the 101 Freeway and Coronado Street, the L.A. Fire Department said in a news release.

Edgar Saavedra-Recinos is seen in a booking photo released Feb. 19, 2021, by the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Edgar Saavedra-Recinos is seen in a booking photo released Feb. 19, 2021, by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fires burned vegetation along the freeway’s containing walls and damaged a homeless encampment, but firefighters were able to put the flames out before they spread further.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed a person running from where flames were burning along the freeway.

A witness told KTLA she’d seen the arsonist in the area before.

“He’s here almost every day. It never would have crossed my mind that something like this would have happened,” she said.

After examining the scenes and speaking to multiple witnesses, investigators identified Saavedra-Recinos as the suspect, LAFD said.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m., an arson investigator searching the area of the first fire spotted Saavedra-Recinos and arrested him. After being booked by L.A. police, he admitted to starting all six fires, officials said.

Investigators plan to present the case to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office for felony filing considering on Tuesday.

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