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Fire Count = 18: LAPD, LAFD Continue Search For Noho Arsonist
The serial arsonist setting North Hollywood ablaze is still on the loose. "The Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section has now been called is working closely with officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Community Police Station in an active, ongoing investigation," notes a news release.
Up to 18 fires have been deliberately set since Thursday, July 21 within a targeted area of Vanowen Street, Burbank Boulevard, Lankershim Boulevard, and Laurel Canyon Boulevard. "Officials did not definitively link an extensive apartment-building fire on Simpson Avenue early Sunday to the arsonist," according to North Hollywood Patch
Currently there are no descriptions, sightings, or leads and off-duty LAFD investigators have been called in to aid in the investigation. Authorities are urging the public to "remain vigilant" and report information or suspicious activity to the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213)