Arson Suspect In Custody After East Hollywood Fire Obliterates Construction Site
A fire blazed Monday morning through two East Hollywood apartment buildings that were under construction, displacing 20 people nearby. The fire, which officials are calling "suspicious," was reported at 6:04 a.m. at 421 North Heliotrope Drive, reports KTLA
A nearby one-story home and another apartment building were exposed to the flames, leading to the evacuation of 10 adults and 10 children. The home sustained minor damages and the apartment building was exposed to smoke from the fire. A nearby resident told KTLA that the heat from the fire broke his kitchen window.
Amy Bastman, spokeswoman for the LAFD, told LAist that "arson detained an adult male for questioning," because the "fire is considered suspicious and incendiary." The male was then taken into custody, according to ABC.
Bastman told the L.A. Times the apartment buildings were "just past the framing stage of construction." The blaze was extinguished about 40 minutes after firefighters had arrived at the scene—107 firefighters responded to the fire.
A female firefighter was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, while no civilians were injured in the fire. American Red Cross arrived on the scene to assist the displaced occupants.