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Arsonist in Northridge

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An arsonist appears to be at work in Northridge, and fire officials are asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for a series of recent fires.

Eight fires were intentionally set on trash or plants between 3 and 4 a.m. Thursday, according to Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The first three blazes were set in a trash can, dumpster and ground-level vegetation around Noble Middle School in the 9900 block of Tampa Avenue at about 3:05 a.m., according to Humphrey.

Decorative vegetation, a trash can at a bus stop and a pile of pine needles were set on fire a short while later along Devonshire Street and Tunney Avenue and then near Devonshire Street and Wilbur Avenue, Humphrey said.

Grass near a tree was set on fire near Reseda Boulevard and Lassen Street and a trash can was set ablaze in the driveway of a home at 19451 Romar St., Humphrey said.

The arsonist is now thought to be responsible for four other fires that occurred in the area in April, Humphrey said.

Anyone with more information is asked to call the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section office at 213-485-6095 or Devonshire LAPD at 818-832-0633.


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