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Police work the scene where a "person of interest" in the recent fires was detained early Monday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A police cruiser diverts traffic along Sunset Boulevard after law enforcement officials detained a man driving a van at the intersection of Fairfax Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. Booking records identified the man as Harry Burkhart, a Hollywood area resident. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail at the Inmate Reception Center in downtown L.A.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A van belonging to a man arrested on suspicion of setting fires in the L.A. area over the last four days is loaded onto a flatbed. Police found materials in the van that could be used to set fires.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters knock down a carport fire that burned four cars in the 14000 block of Magnolia Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters were kept busy early Monday morning when several suspicious fires similar to those set by a suspected arsonist had crews scrambling in Los Angeles, West Hollywood and other nearby areas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Resident Heidi Schroeder takes photos at the scene where fire caused damage to an apartment house carport in West Hollywood on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times

A BMW damaged by an arson fire in West Hollywood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times

Los Angeles County firefighters extinguished a suspicious car fire Saturday night in a carport on North Sweetzer Avenue in West Hollywood. The carport is not attached to a building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

A West Hollywood carport after a suspicious fire there was put out by Los Angeles County firefighters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters extinguish hot spots of a fire that began Saturday night in an automobile in a carport at Fountain Avenue and North Mansfield Avenue in Hollywood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

An arson investigator examines the aftermath of a fire in a carport at Fountain Avenue and North Mansfield Avenue in Hollywood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

A crowd gathers near the site of a carport fire on North Sweetzer Avenue in West Hollywood on Saturday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Abraham Edinjiklian looks at the damage to his wife's Mercedes-Benz in the driveway of their home in North Hollywood on Saturday. Edinjiklian said when he awoke he found the car and the gate in front of it engulfed in flames.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Nicole Powell, right, and her brother Brian, look at the damage to her 2009 Lexus in the driveway of their home in Sun Valley on Saturday. Powell said her family awoke early Saturday morning to find the car engulfed in flames.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Steve Diaz in his apartment on New Haven Street in Sun Valley, which was ravaged by smoke from a suspicious fire that damaged four units in the apartment complex and destroyed a number of cars.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Karla Eickhoff inside her apartment on New Haven Street in Sun Valley, which was damaged by a suspicious fire at the apartment complex.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Ruben Arredonodo lifts a mattress in his smoke-damaged unit on New Haven Street in Sun Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Michelle Diaz leaves her apartment in Sun Valley after a suspicious fire damaged the unit, forcing her and her husband to stay with her parents.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Firefighter Keston Abe throws a vent to the ground while responding to smoke at 11689 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Standing outside his Hollywood apartment, Shaun Reynolds, 34 says an arson fire that damaged his car early Friday "has made my tough life even worse." The unemployed heating and air conditioning installer said he's a new father and has received an eviction notice for being behind on his rent.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Tenants at 1435 N. Poinsettia Place in Hollywood examine burned cars on Friday after a suspected arson fire spread from a carport to electric meters, knocking out power to their eight-unit apartment building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Tenants sit outside their apartments on N. Poinsettia Place in Hollywood, waiting for insurance adjusters and tow trucks to help them with their cars, which were damaged and destroyed by an arson fire early Friday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Suyapa Herrera looks from the window of her burned apartment on N. Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood while she tries to salvage her belongings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Sergio Rodriguez sweeps near the carport at the Cahuenga Apartments, 1156 N. Cahuenga Blvd., where three cars and one unit burned.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Apartment manager Maria Rodriguez surveys damage at the Cahuenga Apartments early Friday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Residents of the Cahuenga Apartments in Hollywood check the damage done to their cars by an arson fire that spread to the units above early Friday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A firefighter examines the scene where officials said they believe that an arsonist set a car on fire, which in turn burned a house in the 8000 block of Rothdell Trail in the Laurel Canyon area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Firefighter Dane Jackson surveys the scene near 2000 N. Laurel Canyon Drive in Hollywood after a suspected arson car fire ignited a nearby house.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Passersby talk about one in a string of arson fires that burned a house next door to the cleaners on Rothdell Trail in the Laurel Canyon area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters battle a fire in the 1400 block of North Poinsettia Place. The blaze started in the carport and spread.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shawn Kaye

A firefighter gets a hose ready to attack a blaze in the 1100 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shawn Kaye

A firefighter moves into position on the 1400 block of North Poinsettia Place.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shawn Kaye

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A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connected with more than 50 fires. The series of fires set the last four days has left residents of West Hollywood and Hollywood on edge. Many of the fires were set within blocks of each other;  most were  started in cars, carports and trash cans, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said.

Police said calls started coming in shortly after midnight with reports of car fires in West Hollywood. Flames consumed three vehicles near Sunset Boulevard and Curson Avenue, and several apartment buildings were damaged as flames spread from the burning cars to the structures.

The suspected arson incidents included the former home of the  late rock star Jim Morrison, police said. It took 56 firefighters 35 minutes to put out that fire, authorities said.

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10 Comments

  1. January 2, 2012, 8:08 am

    ARSONIST ARE PECULIAR PEOPLE – USUALLY WHITE MALES FROM 18 – 30, UNDER EDUCATED, OFTEN FROM ABUSIVE OR BROKEN HOMES. THEY OFTEN ABUSE DRUGS OR ALCOHOL. THEY ACT ALONE. I HAVE WRITTEN AN AWARD WINNING MYSTERY ABOUT A SERIAL ARSONIST SETTING FIRES IN LOS ANGELES. IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN ARSON, READ RED FLAG WARNING-A serial Arson Mystery http://www.kurtkamm.com

    By: kurt kamm
  2. January 2, 2012, 10:27 am

    The sinful people doing this will face eternal flames one day unless they seek Jesus before their deaths. How can they find this stuff fun to do? Only hurting hundreds of people in a world already filled with pain. May God guide all the hurt and suffering in these times.

    By: HiddenLove
  3. January 2, 2012, 1:45 pm

    I love the shirt he is wearing… i would say his day was messed up….

    By: Ann
  4. January 2, 2012, 1:46 pm

    There’scertainly no shortage of Mercedes, BMWs, Lexus’s and SUVs in Los Angeles; so I’m sure it could merely be a coincidence that most of vehicles targeted by this arsonist happened to be luxury cars, but I doubt it. It doesn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination for anyone to suspect this arson may have an agenda of sorts to justify his actions.

    By: Rob
  5. January 2, 2012, 8:26 pm

    There are copycats everywhere! This could go viral. Thousands, even hundreds of cars could get burnt. I sure am glad that the ATF , FBI, and all those secret police are on the case. They will catch um. They know how to make a scoundrel fess up, 4 shore.

    By: slackdammit
  6. January 4, 2012, 11:52 pm

    Man this Guy is nuts.but of course it’s his mom’s fault.for exposing her self and business at home.she should of rented a different location for her business. Who knows what went on at home with Jr home.Crazy ..they should lock up momie also.

    By: Tony
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