Arson investigators believe a series of fires that broke out in Rosemead Tuesday morning were intentionally set.
Authorities received a call reporting a structure fire in the 3000 block of Jackson Avenue at about 2:26 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
As deputies were headed to the location, they spotted a second fire in the 7000 block of Hellman Avenue, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
A third fire was reported about 10 minutes later in the 2500 block of Del Mar Avenue, according to the news release.
Los Angeles County firefighters were called and crews extinguished all three fires.
The fire burning on Del Mar Avenue had engulfed a carport and was knocked down in about 20 minutes, said Supervisor Ed Pickett of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
About 15 vehicles and several structures were involved in the three fires, which totaled about $275,000 worth of damage, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Nearby residents had to evacuate their homes temporarily but have since returned.
Arson investigators believe the fires were intentionally set and may be related, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
No injuries were reported in any of the fires.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 626-285-7171 or the arson and explosives detail at 323-881-7500.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
KTLA’s Stephen Acosta contributed to this report.