Multiple families were forced to evacuate their homes in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles after an intense fire ripped through a parking garage and destroyed two vehicles.
No one was injured in Saturday morning’s fire, and firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before they spread to any apartment buildings.
The fire is being investigated as suspicious and possibly connected to similar incidents in the area, authorities said.
The blaze took place around 2 a.m. Saturday morning in a residential building on the 400 block of North Curson Avenue. The fire forced several families to flee their homes.
Jonathan Fallik, whose two cars were destroyed in the fire, recalls the moment he realized what was happening.
“I just woke up to crackling sounds and looked out back and there was a garage on fire,” said Fallik. “There was another car or garage back there that was on fire recently and I know a few blocks that way. It seems like it’s a newer thing.”
The incident follows a series of other arsons in the Fairfax District that have left residents on edge.
One man had his 1991 Ford F-150 torched on South Orange Drive on Wednesday, and the same arsonist may have also targeted another woman’s vehicle just one block away.
Everything from garbage to discarded furniture to doors and gates at apartment complexes have been burned over the last two weeks, and authorities are stumped on the arsonist’s identity.
“It’s concerning,” said neighbor David Faigenblum. “You don’t know if it’s an arsonist. Is it one person doing this? Is it a copycat? Or are they just accidents? We don’t know, but it seems more than a coincidence.”
Arson is a felony charge, investigators said, even if it’s just setting rubbish on fire.
Investigators are asking residents in the area to check their surveillance cameras for any footage of suspicious activity.
Anyone with information or evidence regarding the series of arsons in the Fairfax District is asked to contact the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson Investigation Unit.